Mentoring a young person can be of a rewarding experience for both the mentor and the mentee. Good Shepherd Services offers a program that provides positive guidance and skills-building to adolescent boys and girls who reside in our group residences, supportive housing program, or foster homes across New York City.
These young people are unable to live with their families for a variety of reasons and many of them have not had the benefit of encouraging adult role models in their lives. We place high priority on promoting job and career readiness and in preparing our young people for independent living in the community. Additionally we provide a supportive atmosphere that allows these important relationships to flourish.
What is a Mentor?
A mentor is in the unique position to offer his/her mentee consistent and ongoing support, friendship, guidance, concrete help, access to resources, positive reinforcement and constructive example. Mentors can expose their mentees to the world of work through job shadowing; expand their mentees’ recreational and cultural horizons; advocate for their mentee and provide access to educational and vocational opportunities and resources.
Our 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 go visit off site.
Mentors take youngsters to restaurants, the movies, sports and cultural events, to their workplaces, or just for walks. Mentors are carefully screened prior to being assigned a mentee. They receive training and ongoing support from our mentor coordinator and individual program staff. The mentoring relationship is tracked in order to ensure that the match is going well, and to provide any guidance and support needed to help sustain these special relationships.
To become a mentor or to learn more about our program, please contact our Coordinator of Mentoring and Resource Development:
Shirley Salomon, LCSW