This program works to recruit mentors who are volunteers that can spend time with expecting teens. They generally spend 2-3 hour a week with the teen, and periodically keep in contact by telephone.
A mentor is someone that is willing to be there for the teen that they are mentoring when they need support. The requirements for being a mentor are fairly simple: a mentor must be at least 22 years of age and have at least one child of their own. Background checks are run on all mentors. Mentors must be able to give 3 verifiable character references. All mentors are required to attend a training session which explains services and topics which will be beneficial to them and the girls they are mentoring. Topics cover such things as W.I.C., F.C.M., SIDS, Shaking Baby Syndrome, Time Management, etc...
The mentees can be of any age, however priority is given to the target group of teen mothers. If under the age of 18 parental consent to participate in the program is required.
Paperwork is required for the mentor as well as the mentee in order to better match the two together.
In addition to matching a mentor with a mentee, a girl/woman actively participating in the program can receive infant care supplies as needed.
If you have any questions about this program, think you might be interested in becoming a mentor, or would like someone to be your mentor please call Janet at (618)244-7134.