BENEFITING: CHILD SAFE MICHIGAN
EVENT DATE: May 19, 2014
Children’s health and well-being are in large part dependent on the life circumstances in which they are born and grow up. In order to thrive and develop to their fullest potential, their basic needs for food, clothing, shelter and access to healthcare must be met and they must have opportunities to develop safe, stable and nurturing relationships with parents, caregivers and other adults.
The youth in our programs come from chaotic and unpredictable environments. Youth, especially in foster care, need healthy, functioning adults to serve as role models and provide guidance, emotional support and sometimes simply an understanding ear. Child Safe Michigan’s Mentoring program provides youth age 7-23 who are involved in the child welfare system, the opportunity to positively interact with an adult mentor. Youth are given the chance to develop a relationship with an adult, other than an authority figure, who then becomes a role model and advocate for the youth. A process has been developed in making sure that the right mentor is matched up with the right mentee to ensure that a match will last well beyond the one year commitment. Our goal in our mentoring program is not just to make a match but to create a long-lasting positive friendship.
School-based mentoring services are provided for at-risk children who struggle in school with academic, social and/or behavioral problems and who might otherwise not have the opportunity to be matched with a mentor. Child Safe’s Mentoring Program provides a structured, group mentoring experience (1 mentor per 3 or 4 students) our focuses is on team building, identifying and overcoming obstacles, goal setting and achieving, academic achievement, as well as, life skills including career and college exploration, money management, interviewing and resume writing skills.
Past surveys have proven that youth in both our community-based and school-based programs have improved in the following areas (this has been measured by direct surveys from students, mentors, teachers and foster parents):
For the mentoring program, the following have been achieved:
Increased number of youth served in the community-based program;
Increased number of youth served in the school-based program;
Increased the retention rate of mentors;
Increased awareness of our community- and school-based program;
Increased the average length of match.
In 2013, our Mentoring Program served over 150 youth. Those in our community-based Mentoring Program have an average length of match of 2 ½ years. Our school-based program has been such a success that in the fall 2014-2015 students will have opportunity to earn half of a credit for participating in our program.
100% of our funds raised will go towards supporting this great program.
This is an incredible opportunity for you to contribute to a cause that will have a tangible and long lasting impact on the lives of low-income, “at-risk”, and youth who reside in the foster care system.
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