Mentorship Service Area Strategy

Mentorship

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Overview

The Mentorship Strategy is designed to provide youth with opportunities to become connected to caring adult role models who can support them in their upward mobility and success. Mentorship programs will offer activities that support the development of caring relationships between youth and mentors, individual and group support, connection to needed services and resources and positive social and emotional learning. Mentorship programs target middle school girls who are African American, Hispanic/Latino, Pacific Islander or low-income Asian, children of incarcerated parents or disconnected TAY and can be implemented using a range of programming models.

DCYF allocated $865,000 in annual funding to five programs across four agencies for the Mentorship Strategy.

Strategy Goals include:

  • 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 middle school girls with programming that increases interpersonal awareness, educational achievement and positive usage of 
    social media.

  • To provide children of incarcerated parents with programming that results in reduced social isolation.

  • To provide disconnected TAY with programming that increases awareness and interest in improving life skills, education and employment and helps build self-regulation and decision making skills.

Our Mentorship Strategy 2018-2023 Grantees include: