Mentoring Programs

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INDIVIDUAL MENTORING

The goals of individual mentoring programs are to:

Foster relationships between youth and caring adults

Help youth develop coping skills, positive self-esteem, and social competencies

Assist youth in navigating their world with the help of a positive adult role model

Juvenile Justice Mentoring Network-Living Out Loud

Juvenile Justice Mentoring Network-Living Out Loud (LOL) is a program that provides adult volunteer mentors for youth ages 10 to 17 who are involved in the juvenile justice system. Mentors and mentees engage in activities in the community for at least six hours per month. Referrals to the program are made by Waterbury Juvenile Probation and the Child, Youth and Family Support Center (CYFSC.)

 

One On One Mentoring

The One on One Mentoring program supports volunteers who mentor youth in foster care and Department of Children and Families (DCF) committed youth ages 14 to 21. Mentors and mentees engage in activities in the community for at least six hours per month. Referrals are made by DCF.

 

Mentoring NOW

Mentoring NOW, an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Enhancement grant to the individual mentoring programs, allows for the expansion of services to include Juvenile Review Board referrals with a youth initiated model. Utilizing natural supports and establishing community connectedness increases the likeliness for positive outcomes and long lasting behavior change in youth.

GROUP MENTORING

CT 4-H Mentoring Project

The CT 4-H Mentoring Project is a prevention program designed to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, building character, and developing life skills in a fun learning environment. This 12-month mentoring program serves 80 youth, ages 8-14, in the Waterbury community. This program includes three components: Group Mentoring, 4-H Activities and Family Night Out. Tutoring is offered in addition to one of three focus areas: karate, creative arts, or dance.

“Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.” ~Josh Shipp

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INVEST IN OUR FUTURE - VOLUNTEER TO BE A MENTOR

Mentoring provides youth with high-quality, one-to-one, same gender, adult mentors. Youth are positively impacted by mentoring in a variety of ways:

♥ Better school attendance
♥ Better school performance
♥ Better chance of going on to higher education
♥ Better attitudes toward school
♥ Improved self-esteem
♥ Less likely to use of alcohol and illegal drugs
♥ Increased social skills and ability to relate to a variety of people
♥ Better able to set career goals and taking steps to realize them
♥ Better prepared to participate positively in the workforce

Mentored at-risk youth showed gains in:
♥ Social acceptance
♥ Academic attitudes
♥ Grades

For more information about how you can become a volunteer mentor in our individual mentoring programs, please contact our Mentor Coordinator, Deanna Krzykowski at 203-573-0264 or dkrzykowski@waterburyyouthservices.org