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Mentoring Initiative

Familylinks’ Mentoring Initiative matches mentors with mentees who are already enrolled in Familylinks residential programs. We’re always accepting volunteer mentors.

Mentoring is an important part of anyone’s personal and professional development, but it’s especially critical to the young people we serve, many of whom have never had a consistent, caring adult in their lives. Through our Mentoring Initiative, volunteers provide a stable influence for the youth in our programs to lean on for support, and help in meeting personal goals. As a volunteer mentor, you can have a profound impact on a young person’s life! Familylinks’ Mentoring Initiative aims to create and sustain supportive mentor relationships for at-risk youth between the ages of 16-21.

Who is eligible?

  • Mentees are young people already involved in Familylinks programs.
  • Mentors are caring adult volunteers from all walks of life – maybe even you!

How does it work?

  • The initiative matches youth within Familylinks Youth and Family programs with inspirational adult mentors who can assist their mentees in developing self-esteem, creating healthy relationships and making positive life choices.
  • Mentors and mentees are in touch via phone or text regularly, and meet face to face at least once a month, discussing the youth’s goals and giving advice and support to them regarding the life skills they need to achieve those goals.
  • Mentors and mentees also take part in fun outings.

What makes Familylinks’ Mentoring Initiative unique?

Our Mentoring Initiative focuses on teens and young adults who have been through the child welfare system or juvenile justice system or have experienced homelessness.

How do I get involved?

Mentors can come from any background, but must be able to commit to regular in-person and telephone contact with mentee and must pass child abuse clearances and criminal background check. If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, fill out our application here, or call 412-XXX-XXXX.

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Our Mentoring Initiative pairs Familylinks clients – young adults who have faced hardship and often lack an adult role model – with volunteer mentors.