The goals of individual mentoring programs are to:
Making A Connection
Making a Connection (MAC) 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, 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.
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.
INVEST IN OUR FUTURE: VOLUNTEER TO BE A MENTOR
“Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.”
For more information about how you can become a volunteer mentor in our individual mentoring programs, please contact our Mentor Coordinators:
Nancy Staab 203-573-0264
Brandon Tomlinson 203-573-0264