Mentors offer counsel and consistency, steadiness and support to children and youth living in non-family settings such as group homes, etc. A mentor may be the only consistent relationship – the only semblance of family – in the life of a child moved from group home to group home.
A mentor helps build the self-esteem and self-confidence of a child by sharing in accomplishments and milestones. A mentor encourages the development of new interests, aspirations and skills.
A few hours a month can shape a future. Youth who have at least one stable adult in their lives, such as a mentor, are less likely to use illegal drugs and more likely to do well academically.
Volunteers with the AASK mentoring program are matched with children and youth from two age groups, based on their personal interests and mentoring skills.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor to a child in foster care, please take the next steps to learn more.