The Good Shepherd Mentoring Program
Mentoring can be a rewarding experience for both the mentor and mentee. At Good Shepherd Services, we offer a strength-based youth development mentoring program for the young people who reside in our group residences, supportive housing programs, 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 and establish connections within and outside of their communities. Mentored youth will develop important life, social, and career skills building to prepare them for their transition into an independent life in the community at large.
At the Good Shepherd Mentor Program we promote:
- The Sanctuary Model
- Trauma-Informed Practices
- Strengths-Based approaches
- Life and Career Readiness
- Inclusion & Respect for all
What’s a Mentor?
A mentor is a consistent and caring advisor, educator, and friend. Mentors are in a unique position to offer their 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 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.
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 parties are safe, comfortable, and meeting consistently.
To become a mentor or to learn more about the Good Shepherds Mentor Program, please contact, Damien Tillman, our Coordinator of Mentoring and Resource Development: Damien_Tillman@goodshepherds.org
Please note that mentees must be a participant in a Good Shepherd program.