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StandUp For Kids - Mentoring

Mentoring Programs

Because of the diversity of the communities we serve throughout the country, we conduct mentoring in school, after school, and in our outreach centers.

In School & After-School Mentoring

The goal of the mentoring program is to deter teen pregnancy, gang involvement, and increase high school graduation rates and foster a love for learning. The current programs accomplish this by pairing students with volunteer mentors who meet on a weekly basis during the school year. Mentors provide stability, friendship, and support by developing an effective study plan, providing tutoring, and discussing challenges experienced due to their unstable housing conditions. To support this facet of their lives, we provide access to computers, homework help, and life and career counseling weekly. The purpose of SUFK's Mentoring Program, is to encourage, mentor, support, and reward our youth in their pursuit of educational excellence. We want these junior- and senior-high teens to understand that we truly believe in them, and that they are capable and will be rewarded for their hard work and diligence in education. All youth who wish to participate must sign a contract and commit to participation in the weekly program for the duration of the school year. Throughout their participation, we utilize our existing resource partnerships to connect youth with the comprehensive services available.

Small Group & Center Mentoring

Many SUFK Chapters utilize the In-Center (or small group) mentoring model. In these locations we provide homeless and at-risk young adults ages 18 to 24 with resources and support needed to overcome challenging situations. Since each youth has a different reason for being on the streets, SUFK works individually to meet each one’s specific needs. Our programs not only provide basic necessities such as food, clothing, and toiletries, but also engages mentors to assist with educational support, resume and interview preparation, obtaining birth certificates and developing life skills. Mentors set goals, assign homework, and obtain referrals to other professionals who are needed to assist with each youth’s specific needs. One of the most important aspects of our program is that goals are set with each youth, with mentors utilized to hold them accountable to achieve each goal. Our centers provide a safe place for homeless youth to seek companionship in a safe place and openly discuss their problems and achievements.