Many immigrant children face challenges and obstacles while trying to familiarize themselves to American culture and trying to adapt to a new environment. The Youth Mentorship Program aims to create a space where youth have the opportunity to improve their well-being, increase self-confidence, communication skills, motivation, strengthen self-esteem, discuss the challenges they are facing at home and school, and receive guidance on the college application process, tips on succeeding in school, and preparation for the future.
How Does the Program Work?
Adult volunteers (college students & young professionals) commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a high school aged refugee or asylee for 2-4 hours per month for 6-12 months. Mentors will meet on a periodic basis, help set tangible academic and professional goals, serve as a positive role model and friend, help build confidence and familiarity, help with career readiness, and plan social events to strengthen the mentor and mentee bond.