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 daily 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, decrease engagement in negative behaviors, and increase self-efficacy and social skills. For this reason, pairing a m
ision 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 have all youth participating in the After School Program have 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. entor 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 superv
How to Help
Both adults and teens are welcome to become a Youth Development volunteer. The Youth Development Program Coordinator will meet with all new volunteers to determine their area o
f interest. Site-based mentors will be matched either individually or with a group of youth to provide opportunities for character building, life skills and to be an additional positive role model.
- Mentors may be adults or high school juniors or seniors.
- All volunteers must have a driver’s license, transportation, and clean criminal, child abuse and driving record check.
- All applicants will go through an in depth interview and orientation process.
- Volunteers interested in becoming mentors must be able to commit to a six-month time period, while academic support volunteers may commit to less.
- Most importantly, all volunteers be patient, supportive and committed to making a difference in the life of the After School Program Youth.
Mondays & Wednesdays
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
The first block of time is academic support. Those who will participate as mentors will then spend the second block of time with their matches in a separate mentoring room with FCA staff present for support or to assist in the implementation of activities. Youth Development volunteers that are not mentors will participate in a life skills class during the mentoring block.
There is no fee to participants: however, some activities chosen by the Big and Little Friend may incur a cost.
For More Information
For more information on our Mentoring program or to obtain an application, contact Anne Schneider, Coordinator of Mentoring Services at (203) 523-5776 or email@example.com.