The Good Shepherd Services Mentoring Program
As part of an ongoing effort to address the needs of the participants in our foster care programs, Good Shepherd Services created a Mentoring Program.
The Good Shepherd Mentoring Program is a strengths-based support community designed to help to meet the ever-changing needs of the mentees in our Foster Care, Juvenile Justice and Supportive Housing Programs.
Our mission is to recruit and train mentors while developing resources to build a program that can support our mentees along their journey to success and independence.
We believe that every young person in foster care deserves the support they need to grow and transition into adulthood.
What’s a Mentor?
A mentor is a consistent and caring advisor, educator, and friend.
Mentors are dedicated, supportive, and trusted companions. They help our participants develop positive relationships with adults.
Specific Mentor Requirements:
- Mentors must demonstrate sensitivity to the unique needs of our participants, maintain appropriate adult/youth boundaries, and preserve confidentiality.
- Mentors must agree to complete all clearances including Medical screening, State-Wide Central Registry Check (SCR), Staff Exclusion List (SEL), Fingerprint clearance, background check as a requirement of our licensing and funding sources.
- Mentors must participate in our program orientation and training.
- Mentors must commit to be an active volunteer for at least one-year.
Some Key Responsibilities of Mentors include:
In conjunction with the Mentor Coordinator, all Mentors are expected to:
- Attend one mentoring event per month.
- Participate in a monthly check-in.
- Plan recreational activities and cultural outings with their mentees.
- Provide access to educational and vocational opportunities when applicable.
- Help young people make lasting connections within and outside their community.
- Guide mentees through the decision-making process.
Our mentors are carefully screened prior to being assigned a mentee. They receive training, guidance, and ongoing support from our mentor coordinator and 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, we ask for a commitment of 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 Services Mentoring Program, please contact Damien Tillman, the Coordinator of Mentoring Services and Resource Development: Damien_Tillman@goodshepherds.org
Please note that all mentees must be or have been a participant in a Good Shepherd program.