Catholic Family Services (CFS) currently has a youth mentor program, where mentors are matched with youth who have experienced trauma, loss, and hardships that most adults have never experienced.
The youth in the program are all involved with Social Services in some form or another. In the program, mentors go above and beyond each month to provide therapeutic activities that help the youth build life skills, resiliency, coping mechanisms, and a safe space where they can talk about anything without judgment.
Being a mentor means having a bond with youth that no one else has – youth may act completely different with their mentor than they would in their regular environments. The purpose of mentorship is for youth to feel a sense of belonging, purpose, and potential.
Here are some quotes from past and current youth mentors saying why they find/found being a mentor rewarding: