Mentorship Service Area Strategy

Connective Services

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Service Area Description

The Connective Services Strategy is designed to provide youth with opportunities to connect to caring adult role models who can support them in their upward mobility and success. Connective Services programs will include mentoring, activities that support the development of caring relationships between youth and staff, individual and group support, connection to needed services and resources, approaches to behavior management such as restorative justice practices, positive youth development activities, culturally focused and healing circle supportive programming, and will promote positive social and emotional learning. Connective Services programs target at-risk youth and can be implemented using a range of programming models. Services should include building youth’s self-esteem and confidence and supporting youth to achieve their goals.

DCYF allocated $343,000 in annual funding to four programs across three agencies for the Connective Services Strategy.

Strategy Goals

  • To increase participants’ access to long-lasting, caring, positive adult relationships.

  • To increase participants’ connection to resources.

  • To reduce the impact of trauma on participants and increase their peer, family and community relationships, self-esteem and self-identity.

  • To provide services that stabilize youth’s life.

OUR Connective Services STRATEGY 2018-2023 GRANTEES INCLUDE: