Whether a young man is leaving our program entirely, moving to the Transition Program or moving on to the next chapter of his life, he usually needs encouragement and support from a trusted friend. Our Mentor Program is designed to address this need by pairing experienced, vetted volunteers with young men who are in transition.
If a young man is open to having a mentor, the first step is to have his family and the mentor meet. It is important that the family know the mentor and be comfortable with him/her meeting the young man. If the meeting goes well, confidentiality forms, medical waivers, releases, etc. are signed by all parties, and contact information is exchanged.
The hope is that the young man and his mentor will be in touch on a regular basis - that an ongoing relationship is formed and a level of ongoing trust is achieved. If the young man has a concern, a question, a problem…..or just wants to spend time with a good role model, he knows who to call. Conversely, our mentors reach out to their young men from time to time to keep the lines of communication open. Maybe it’s a chat over a burger. Or a quiet afternoon of fishing. Whatever the activity involved, the mentor is there to provide support, counsel and encouragement.