The Good Shepherd Mentor Program
Mentoring anyone can be a rewarding experience for both the mentor and mentee. At Good Shepherd Services, we offer an inclusive, strength-based youth development mentoring program for the youth who reside in our group residences, supportive housing program, or foster homes across New York City. Our program provides personal and professional opportunities by matching realistic role models with our youth to build strong relationships, establish connections within and outside of their communities, and develop important life, social, and career skills building to prepare them for their transition into independent life in the community at large.
At the Good Shepherd Mentor Program we promote:
- The Principles of Youth and Family Development
- The Sanctuary Model
- Trauma-Informed Practices
- Life and Career Readiness
What is a mentor?
A mentor is a consistent and caring advisor, educator, and friend.
Mentors are trusted companions for our youth-in care. They’re in a unique position to offer mentees consistent and ongoing support, guidance, concrete help, access to resources, and more.
- Plan recreational and cultural outings with their mentees
- Provide access to educational and vocational opportunities
- Help young people make lasting connections within and outside their community
- Facilitate more positive relationships with peers and others
Our mentors are carefully screened prior to being assigned a mentee. They receive training, guidance, and ongoing support from our mentor coordinator and individual program staff. The mentor/mentee relationship is tracked in order to ensure that both are safe, benefitting from the relationship, and meeting consistently.
Mentors spend regularly scheduled, structured time with their mentee on and off-site, generally at least two evenings a month for a period of one year. The initial few meetings must take place on our premises, but later mentors and mentees typically opt to spend time off-site.
To become a mentor or learn more about the Good Shepherd Mentor Program, please contact Damien Tillman, our Coordinator of Mentor Services and Resource Development: Damien_Tillman@goodshepherds.org
Please note that mentees must be a participant in a Good Shepherd program.