The Good Shepherd Mentoring Program
Good Shepherd Services began an inclusive, strengths-based mentoring program for the youth that reside in our foster care, group residences, or supportive housing programs as part of an ongoing effort to address the needs of the youth in our foster care programs. We believe that every person in foster care deserves the support they need to transition into adulthood and independent living. Mentors are in a unique position to support that transition, by providing consistent and ongoing support, guidance, access to resources, and more.
What’s a Mentor?
A mentor is a consistent and caring advisor, educator, and friend.
Mentors are dedicated, supportive, and trusted companions for our youth in care. They assist our youth in their development of positive relationships with adults.
- 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 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 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.