The impact on the youth is amazing! I can honestly say that each youth with a mentor seems to be more comfortable with themselves. More able to take risks, challenge themselves, ask questions, venture out into the world looking for jobs or heading to our local community college.
YouthBuild Santa Rosa, CA
All local YouthBuild staff are trained to be caring mentors for students while they are in the program. In addition, in order to provide adequate adult support for YouthBuild graduates transitioning into employment or college, YouthBuild USA has developed a mentoring model to engage adult volunteers in 15 month mentoring relationships that cover this transition.
YouthBuild USA has obtained funds from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to create this mentoring model at over 42 local YouthBuild programs. Through this model, 4,000 mentoring matches have been made and supported. The goal of this work is to ensure that mentored youth complete the program, enter college, stick with placements, provide higher levels of service and leadership to their communities, and become mentors themselves.
Our youth-oriented approach allows committed, caring community volunteers to take a personal stake in the lives of young people who benefit from their guidance. YouthBuild USA sees a future in which volunteer mentors are embedded into the DNA of all YouthBuild programs and resources focused on the mentoring of “opportunity youth” nationwide are expanded.
Leveraging the existing natural mentoring environments found in YouthBuild programs, a formal YouthBuild Mentoring initiative was launched in 2009 with a three-year grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). An additional round of OJJDP funding was awarded in 2013, facilitating the formation of an additional 2000 mentoring relationships.
In Mexico, college and university students are providing mentoring, remedial education supports, and community service projects coaching to young people enrolled in YouthBuild’s three city, six center network of ‘safe spaces’. These are centers located in communities that have experienced high levels of violence. In South Africa, Haiti and El Salvador, business mentors guide and support the self employment plans of YouthBuild students and graduates.