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Youth Mentors

Our Placer Youth Mentor Program assigns volunteer mentors to children who are at-risk of educational failure, and former foster youth who are transitioning into adulthood without family support. These at-risk kids are not currently involved in any court system, but are identified as being at-risk of educational failure (truancy) or of entering the juvenile justice or child welfare systems. The volunteers we assign are not “court-appointed,” so we refer to them as a Youth Mentor. Although the title is different, the training is the same, and many volunteers will take on roles as both CASAs for foster children and Mentors for at-risk youth. These kids are typically referred to us by school counselors at middle schools and high schools.

 

When foster youth age out of the foster care system at age 18, they often wish to maintain a formal relationship with the CASA. However, once a youth ages out, the case closes and the volunteer is no longer court-appointed. But the relationship with the CASA can continue outside of court in a Youth Mentor relationship.

 

As with CASA volunteers, Mentors meet weekly with the youth, helping them define and accomplish goals, and introducing them to opportunties and potential life paths that the youth never dreamed possible. As important role models, Mentors strive to navigate at-risk youth and former foster  youth toward positive outcomes that will help these young people transition successfully into adulthood.

While CASA volunteers are court-appointed, Mentors enter into informal renewable six-month commitments.

For more information, contact our office: (530) 887-1006.

“I just wanted to share something with you. I was talking with my children the other day about different influences throughout their life. My son “John” is 17 and has come to a time where he is thinking about what he wants to do with his life. He said, ``When I spent time with Marty, ( his Mentor) it was the first time I felt like I had a real father figure. He cared about me. I loved him.`` It really warmed my heart. All of my children are heading in a positive direction in their life because your volunteers took the time to show them they matter and they are important. Please don’t stop doing what you are doing.”

Selena

Her children both had CASAs and Mentors