Site-Based Mentoring and Youth Development Volunteers
Mentoring has been a core component of Family & Children’s Agency’s Youth Development program for over 40 years. In September 2013, Project Friendship and Junior Project Friendship became integrated with the After School Program, a program for 50 Norwalk middle school youth held at Norwalk Community College (NCC) each day after school. This transition marks a shift from community-based mentoring to site-based mentoring at NCC and an opportunity to track academic achievement and augment social-emotional learning skills covered in the After School Program. While existing community-based mentoring matches will continue with regular case management, all new Youth Development volunteers will be based at NCC serving as either as a mentor or academic support.
Mentoring programs have the proven ability to increase positive academic outcomes, self-efficacy and social skills, while also decreasing engagement in negative behaviors. For this reason, pairing a mentor with youth in the After School Program will further strengthen their positive development. Utilizing NCC as a home-base allows each student’s academic progress to be tracked, FCA staff to maintain regular supervision with each match, and enhance the experience for both the mentors and mentees through the variety of academic, cultural, recreational and career resources available. The long-term goal is to pair all youth participating in the After School Program with a site-based mentor. This strategic programmatic partnership is one of many ways in which FCA continues to provide solution focused services that allow our clients to build better lives.
Academic support volunteers join a dynamic team of committed volunteers who provide guidance and homework support to 50 middle school youth. Volunteers serve as tutors and positive role models during academic time and help with homework and enrichment activities.
Mentoring has been a core component of Family & Children’s Agency’s Youth Development program for over 40 years. Mentoring programs have the proven ability to increase positive academic outcomes and social skills, while also decreasing engagement in negative behaviors. Academic Floaters with the After School Program have the potential to become a mentor to students in the Program to further strengthen their positive development.
Both adults and teens are welcome to become a Youth Development volunteer. All applicants will go through an in-depth application, interview and orientation process. Volunteers must be patient, supportive and committed to making a difference in the life of the After School Program youth. There is no fee to becoming a volunteer and no prior experience is necessary.
For More Information
For more information on our Mentoring program or to obtain an application, contact Mayx Holmes, Manager of Volunteer Services at (203) 523-5715 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.