This is a mentoring program for at risk youth, that pairs youth with adult mentors in order to assist the youth in becoming productive citizens. Mentors meet with youth one on one guiding them in the right direction
The Youth Serve program focuses primarily on youth who are of middle and early high school age. This age group is particularly problematic and a perfect time for mentoring to be effective. At-risk young people have lost faith in the possibilities that await them if they are successful in putting their lives together. Youth Serve is here to restore that hope.
Youth Reach- Focusing on all Youth
The Youth Reach program has as it principal philosophy that all youth need help in one way or another and are at need of services be it just a safe place to hang out or the attention of a caring adult. Youth Reach focuses on youth of all ages and every demographic background. Our goal will be to help each and every youth to obtain the services that they need which are already in existence within the community.
The Youth Reach Program focuses on youth of all ages. Its goal is reaching out to area youth in order to obtain services for them that already exists within the community. Youth Reach will provide referrals of youth to existing social service agencies as well as our own ministry.
We do this in 4 ways:
1) Community Outreach: Our staff are present at events held throughout the community providing resources to youth & families. We participate in public events and functions located throughout the community hosted by various organizations providing information & referrals to those who attend.
2) Direct Outreach Teams: This is the heart and soul of Youth Reach where properly screened and trained adult volunteers go to public places where youth already hang out in order to meet with them and get to know them. Our volunteers go out and serve as a first point of contact between youth and the organizations that already exist within the community to provide them services.
We then offer the youth information on services that are already available to them within the community through distribution of literature that is provided to us by other agencies. In addition to this, our volunteers may personally refer youth to services making initial contact with the agency for the youth. We will also provide youth with literature on our own services. In short, our volunteers will be the point of contact between youth and the agencies seeking to serve them.
3) Hosting a Youth Website: ONCE IT BECOMES OPERATIONAL WE WILL offer a website, YOUTH NET specifically for youth to get information and resources and reach out for help. . This website provides links to our social media sites for additional outreach opportunities. When fully operational, our YOUTH NET website will be a place for youth to access information, support, and referrals. It will also be a resource for those who serve youth to share resources and develop themselves professionally. Finally it will serve as a site advocating for youth causes and social issues.
4) Being Visible and Available: Our phone number is staffed by trained volunteers willing to help youth and get them connected to services. In addition to this, we also maintain a strong social media presence and youth can communicate with us via- messaging to reach out for help.