Friends for Youth Mentoring Services
About This Program
The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Friends for Youth Mentoring Services has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Mentoring Programs (Child & Adolescent).
Friends for Youth's mission is to create quality mentoring relationships for youth who need them most. Friends for Youth was established in 1979 by local community leaders who recognized that many at-risk children did not fit the focus of other available services. These at-risk youth are more likely to drop out of school, commit violence or become victims of violence, use drugs or alcohol, become teen parents, or simply not live up to their full potential. These racially/ethnically diverse children live primarily in low- or very low-income households; 78% live in poverty. Most are single-parent homes or families where both parents are working outside the home, often at more than one job. Many are being raised by relative caregivers such as a grandparent. Overall, these youth have an additional special need: many have never walked on the nearby beach, visited a college campus, been to a ball game, or had experiences typically associated with youth. The Friends for Youth Mentoring Services program creates and sustains community-based, long-term, one-to-one relationships and exposes youth-in-need to new opportunities for learning and growth, with an emphasis on positive youth development, academic achievement, health and wellness, prevention services, and critical skills for future self-sufficiency.
Goals of Friends for Youth Mentoring Services:
The goals of Friends for Youth Mentoring Services are:
increase positive behaviors, reduce risk behaviors, and improve the
self-concept of at-risk youth in order to help them make healthy choices
and reach their full potential.
- To improve academic
engagement and achievement and help low-income, at-risk youth set goals
for their future by providing effective, educational, and enriching
out-of-school support services and activities.
- To build a ‘community of caring’ for young people through networks, collaborations, and coalitions.
- To promote best practices and safety in all mentoring programs in the community.
Target Population: Youth who are referred by teachers, counselors, probation officers, county mental health workers, Children's Protective Services, and other youth professionals as being “at-risk” of not reaching their full potential due to challenges at home, at school, or in their neighborhood.
For children/adolescents ages: 8 – 17
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2012
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2012