YOUTHConnect! pairs volunteers with young people in need of a relationship with a trusted adult. Our program focuses on social-emotional needs, academic support, and occupational guidance.
did you know?
Did you know that one in three youth in the U.S. does not have a trusted adult they can go to for guidance and advice? What‘s more, here in Anacortes:
About 25% of kids in our schools are low income
More than 700 students qualify for free and reduced lunch
As many as 90 local students are considered “unhoused” each year
“Being that extra, reliable adult for
a young person feels really good.”
AIDEN, AFC MENTOR
how we serve local youth
The Anacortes Family Center created the YOUTHConnect! Program to provide transformational mentorships for Fidalgo Island youth ages 10 – 20 years old. Mentors receive training and support from YOUTHConnect! Staff who have designed their program to follow well-established national mentorship best practices.
The vision is to support local young people to develop self-esteem and establish relationships that can lead to:
Increased high school graduation rates
Improved school and home behavior
Reduced use of alcohol and drugs
Fewer teen pregnancies
The YOUTHConnect! Program offers meaningful volunteer opportunities for community members. This could be your chance to make a vital difference to a child in formative years, and it can help you too!
You might learn more about yourself
You may develop increased interpersonal and leadership skills
You could better understand others and the world around you
You can reinforce your skill set and learn new things too
Find out more about YOUTHConnect! by emailing YOUTHConnect@AnacortesFamily.org.