Mentoring Youth Aging Out of Foster Care with YouThrive:
YouThrive is in need of Support Families (Mentors!) to come alongside youth aging out of foster care. These community volunteers will supplement and strengthen the youth’s existing supportive relationships by serving in a mentoring-like role.
Unlike many mentoring relationships, the Support Family (Mentor!) will be advised to avoid being directive in their coaching, but focusing instead on developing a youth-adult partnership of mutual learning. The Support Family (Mentor!) will be guided to take a posture of encouraging and supporting the young adult as they learn to take ownership and responsibility of their own goals and decisions.
The role of Support Family is not limited to married and single parents with children. Any adult at least 21 years old can volunteer to serve as Support Family (Mentor!) for the youth in our program. Their primary role is to commit to a family-like relationship of caring, encouragement and supportive coaching.
The next Support Family (Mentor!) Training will occur online May 1, 8-2 pm. Adults interested in joining this training should reach out to YouThrive (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Colonial Foster Adopt Coordinator Hannah Mabie (email@example.com) with questions.