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.
The Anacortes Family Center is excited to announce our community-based program, YOUTHConnect! YOUTHConnect! provides transformational mentorship for Fidalgo Island youth and offers meaningful volunteer opportunities for community members.
We serve all youth on Fidalgo Island ranging from age 10 to 20 years old.
Youth "at-risk" for falling behind and off track but had a mentor:
Statistically, in Anacortes:
• Over 1/4 of the student body is low income
• Over 700 students qualify for free & reduced lunch
• Up to 90 students are considered ‘unhoused’ each year
YouthConnect! was created in 2021 by the Anacortes Family Center to provide transformational mentorship for Fidalgo Island youth and offers meaningful volunteer opportunities for community members.
Our vision is connecting and supporting our youth to develop and sustain positive relationships through mentoring. Mentorship is a direct combatant to many of the high-risk behaviors that we see from adolescents because it helps to build resiliency in youth.
We do this by supporting Academics, Social-Emotional wellbeing and Occupational exposure. The impact can be seen in increased graduation rates, improved behavior at school and at home, healthier relationships with adults and peers, and a decrease in teen pregnancy. We also see a decrease in the use of drugs and alcohol.
Mentoring During Covid
AFC's priority is always the health and safety of our Mentees, their families, the Mentors, and our staff. As a result, the Program presents guidelines and recommendations that align with the CDC and local health directives, including limited time in a vehicle, wearing masks, social distancing and maintaining safe hygiene practices.
Connecting and supporting our youth to develop and sustain positive relationships through mentoring.
YouthConnect! utilizes community volunteers to support our
mentees. 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 an inquiry form and our staff will be in touch with you shortly.
If you have any questions or would like to talk
more about our program, please contact us!