Presentation on theme: "At-Risk Youth Mentoring Program A collaboration between Childrens Home and Aid & Dr. Jeremy Jewell."— Presentation transcript:
At-Risk Youth Mentoring Program A collaboration between Childrens Home and Aid & Dr. Jeremy Jewell
The Needs of our Community Many children in St. Clair and Madison County exist in poverty and are in need These children typically –Lack financial stability (adequate housing, etc.) –Exist in crime-ridden neighborhoods –Have difficulty in school –Lack many positive social skills –Have problems in their family –Desperately need a positive role model
What Mentors Can Do Provide a model of pro-social behavior Establish a caring relationship with the child Show the child an alternative to crime through positive behavior and education Introduce the child to the SIUE university environment
What are the kids like? Most are male (75%) Usually in their teens (13-15) Have troubles at home May have some behavior problems or involvement with the court Usually lack positive peer role models Are curious about more middle class experiences Want a mentor!
What kids are not appropriate for a mentor? Extremely violent offenders Sex offenders Children not interested in a mentor
Why should I be a mentor? Great experience & social networking A lifetime of satisfaction knowing youve changed a kids life Make a friendship with a child
What do I have to do? Have fun with a kid a few hours every week Provide transportation to and from their house Get support from Childrens Home and Aid to ensure a good experience Commit to at least one year
How do I get started? Contact Dr. Jewell at or to apply!