Many of the children in the care of Child Protective Services stay in foster care until they’re considered legal adults at age 18. Not all of them find their forever family. This means they often don’t have a trusted adult to turn to for advice, help, or support as they navigate into adulthood.
Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way. You can help give a young adult the tools necessary that allow them to grow a bright, successful future.
Our Youth Empowerment and Success (YES) Mentoring program provides mentors for youth in CPS, aged 15 and older, as they’re learning to be autonomous adults. Your influence and involvement as a mentor can help lead these youth toward becoming productive, financially responsible individuals.
As a mentor, you will work with your mentee in small groups in a series of classes that teach youth new skills, let them try new experiences and community service projects, and help them prepare for the future.
Some examples include:
- Financial Literacy
- City of Austin: Smart Tips Program and Utilities 101
- Filing Tax Returns
- Baby 101: The Good, The Bad, The Baby
- Healthy Cooking on a Budget
- Yoga and Mindfulness
Ready to give a foster teen a head-start on life? Here’s what it takes to be a mentor:
- Must be over 21 years old with a clear state and federal background check
- Willingness to make a minimum one-year commitment with the potential for the relationship to last longer
- Commitment to see your youth in person at least once monthly
- Complete our online and in-person training courses
If you’re interested in applying or would like more information, please email Erin.