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Jul 13, 2015

Many children and teens need someone to look up to and provide positive guidance in their lives. This rings especially true for two groups of youth: those in refugee and immigrant foster care and those aging out of foster care, many of whom need help obtaining practical skills as they work toward a life of independence.

Mentors create an invaluable connection between youth and the community. Many youth that have completed Bethany’s Refugee and Immigrant Youth Mentoring Program and have gone on to be self-sufficient. Four of those are now mentoring others through Bethany’s program.  

Mentors are at least 18 years old, and they commit to meeting with a youth for at least four hours per month for one year. The most influential mentors are consistent, intentional, open-minded, and willing to regularly engage with the staff team for support and feedback.

Program staff offer ongoing support to mentors through monthly calls and quarterly face-to-face meetings that offer education, emotional and spiritual support. A monthly match event provides a platform for mentors to be matched to mentees.

This program is growing and thriving with mentors re-applying to continue the experience—one of whom has stayed with the program since 2008. Seasoned mentors have become a resource to newer mentors, sharing their experiences and offering support.  

Being a mentor can make a world of difference in the life of a child. Call 616.965.8022 to learn more.