Youth Moving Forward is a mentoring program that serves young adults from the ages of 16-24 years old. This program is open to servicing any young adult that would be seeking a mentor but will focus on servicing those who are at high risk of having a traumatic past, facing homelessness, and need assistance overcoming certain obstacles they may be facing.
Youth Moving Forward offers one-on-one and group sessions, which include the “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” approach. Our mentors are trained professionals, that will provide all youth involved with the necessary support and resources that will ultimately change the trajectory of their lives.
Youth Moving Forward depends on volunteer mentors and community support to empower our mentees.
Mentoring helps because it guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them. Mentors provide their mentees with an experienced friend who is there to help in many situations. Research confirms what we knew anecdotally or intuitively before —that mentoring works. Best Practices that we follow include Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ YMF requires all volunteers to attend a 2 ½ hour Mentor Training, where they must undergo a thorough background screening.
One-on-One (community-based) – One-year commitment with a training mentor; must meet weekly for an hour.
Group Mentoring – Meeting once a week as a group. It brings together individuals that may or may not have connections and lets them learn together. They will be able to support and help one another to become the best individual they can be.
Employment & Life Skills Training
We build and consistently re-enforce realistic behavioral changes, self-reliance, and confidence. Objectives are to prepare students for employment in the workforce, match students with employers based on skills area and connect students to employers for learning and networking opportunities.
Life skills, work readiness, counseling/character-building, and skills training in computer literacy and digital technology are central to practical training and job preparation programs. Youth receive coaching and mentoring, communication skills and conflict resolution, career exploration and preparation, and job retention skills training.
The Emphasis is placed on programs that reduce fears related to science, technology, engineering, and math studies and produce measurable positive participant outcomes.
Providing community-based support empowers all youth to face life’s challenges with confidence, competence, and dignity. We inspire positive development through various food pantries, donation centers, community engagement, and prevention services to help overcome challenges they may face.
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