Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services has recently developed a youth mentoring program that will serve 6th graders through high school seniors, with the goal of improving academic performance, social outcomes and ultimately graduation rates for school children. The program is seeking volunteer mentors interested in serving the community through mentor-based leadership and we need your help!
The Worcester County Board of Education will partner with Worcester Youth to play a vital role in identifying students with warning signs of disengagement from school, such as truancy, low grades or behavioral issues. The Board will communicate with the agency to find youth participants suitable for the new initiative. Studies demonstrate youth mentoring programs are effective at improving school attendance, performance, social skills, graduation rates and ultimately greater employment opportunities. While Worcester County graduation rates are much better than statewide averages, roughly 30 students drop out of Worcester County Public Schools annually.
We are requesting mentor applicants interested in helping children succeed in school and enhancing opportunities for life outside of school. Potential candidates may include: young professionals, business leaders, school teachers, social workers, nurses, police, veterans, retirees, faith-based community members, civic groups, philanthropic individuals, government officials and WYFCS supporters.
Mentors candidates will be interviewed, receive a background check and participate in approximately 10 hours of training from WYFCS before being matched with a student and meeting the child’s family. Volunteer mentors will meet face-to-face with their mentee at least twice per month and attend a group meeting at least once per month. Mentors will be asked to commit to one year of participation after assignment and will receive ongoing support from the program coordinator. Mentors will meet with the student to ensure they have the tools and resources to be successful in school. Those resources may include tutoring, referral to counseling, and navigation of social and family support resources.
If are you or a member of your organization is interested in becoming a youth mentor, please contact us by calling 410-641-4598 or by emailing us at email@example.com.
Thank you for your support,