YouthConnect: A youth mentorship program!
Did you know? 1 in 3 youth in the US do not have a trusted adult that they can go to for guidance or advice (Mentoring.org).
The Anacortes Family Center is excited to announce our latest community-based program, YouthConnect! YouthConnect! provides academic, social-emotional, and occupational mentorship to support for Anacortes' at-risk youth, with the support of dedicated volunteer mentors. We serve youth on Fidalgo Island ranging from 5th grade to 20 years old.
Academic mentors provide positive role models that by provid a safe and consistent place for students to do their homework, giving academic advice and guidance. YouthConnect! works with local school districts to support the specific needs of the youth. Academic mentorship has shown positive impacts on school attendance and performance.
One-to-One mentorship provides an opportunity for mentors to provide consistency and connection that fosters positive relationship building and trust. Studies show mentorship helps build resiliency and in youth who have experienced toxic stress, as well as a decline in drug and alcohol use/abuse.
Occupational Mentorship helps supply professional guidance to youth that are interested in entering the workforce. Occupational mentorship could include visits to an employer’s office or job site, presenting at a career fair event, facilitating a job shadow, or participating in an internship opportunity for a youth. Occupational mentorship builds confidence and teach soft skills that are important to occupational success which can lead to greater outcomes such as higher compensation, advancement, and job stability (Mentoring.org).
YouthConnect! is currently in development and will be opened to residents on Fidalgo Island in September 2021.
YouthConnect! utilizes community volunteers to support our mentees. It is Volunteers must undergo background checks, reference checks, and receive ongoing training. Being a mentor provides great opportunities to the youth in our community and has measurable outcomes for you too!
Being a mentor…
… allows you to learn more about yourself
… improves your interpersonal and leadership skills
… builds empathy
… allows you to build a better understanding of the world around you
… reinforces your skillset and knowledge in your known-subject area
If you are interested in being a youth mentor, or if your company would like to provide occupational opportunities for youth, please complete this application. If you have any questions or would like to talk more about our program, please contact Danielle Vincent, Associate Program Director, at Danielle@AnacortesFamily.org.