Larimer County Commissioners declare - January as Mentor Month - Recruitment Underway!
Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Jan 10, 2012
FROM: Deni La Rue, Community Information Manager, (970) 498-7150, email@example.com
CONTACT: Christina Ulrich-Jones, Mentoring Program Volunteer Coordinator, Larimer County
Department of Human Services, Children, Youth & Family Division
firstname.lastname@example.org , 970-980-2239
The Board of Larimer County Commissioners today proclaimed January, 2012 as Mentor Month in conjunction with National Mentor Month, proclaimed by President Barack Obama in order to encourage Americans to give back by mentoring young people in their communities. The Oasis Mentor Program at Larimer County’s Children, Youth & Family (CYF) Services Division of the Department of Human Services (DHS), is highlighting ‘recruiting mentors’ from Larimer County this month to serve the needs in Larimer County.
According to Christina Ulrich-Jones who is the Volunteer Coordinator for Larimer County DHS, there are over 40,000 youth, ages 8-18, living in Larimer County and 20,000 of these youths could benefit from having a safe, caring adult in their lives to provide support and guidance. “Mentors help these youth make positive choices and can assist teen parents with skills they may not have. At least 12% of Larimer County youth reside in single parent households and have very few healthy adults in their lives who spend time with them consistently; listening, coaching, tutoring, playing sports, teaching music, reading, crafting, and/or teaching parenting and life skills.”
Oasis Mentors with the Children, Youth & Family Division of DHS can:
- Volunteer one-on-one with youth ages 8 – 18 or with teen parents who have a child under age 3.
- Make a real impact for only 2 to 4 hours a week, consistently.
- Change the future by encouraging healthy choices, educational goals, safe decision- making and by spending time with them for a year or more (and maybe even make a lifelong friend!)
Mentors can sign up easily, but safety is the key value. Ulrich-Jones outlines the process for interested volunteers:
- Informational meetings are held monthly, usually on Tuesday evenings, 8 times a year.
- To register, visit the website and fill out the online application: www.larimer.org/dhs/volunteer
- The coordinator will contact applicants by email and/or phone before the next informational meeting.
- Mentors must participate in two levels of screening and attend two trainings before they are matched with a young person or a family.
- All steps are free of charge to the volunteer and at no obligation so applicants can opt out at anytime prior to being fingerprinted and matched with a mentee.
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