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 latest community-based program, YouthConnect! The YouthConnect! Mentorship Program provides academic, social-emotional, and occupational mentorship for Anacortes' at-risk youth, with the support of dedicated volunteer mentors. We serve 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:
Academic mentors are positive role models that provide a safe and consistent
place for students to do their homework, give academic advice and general
guidance. YouthConnect! works with local school districts to support the
specific needs of our youth. Academic mentorship has shown positive impacts
on school attendance and performance.
One-to-One mentorship is 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
trauma and instability, as well as a decline in drug and alcohol use or abuse
in later adulthood.
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 teaches soft skills that
are important to occupational success. This type of mentorship can lead to
greater outcomes such as higher compensation, advancement, and job
stability for youth later in life.
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. 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 Danielle Vincent, Associate Program Director, at Danielle@AnacortesFamily.org.
Sources: Mentoring.org, YouthMentor.org