An incarceration affects the entire family. The child may have a hard time adjusting to a change in the family structure or feel uneasy about explaining the situation to well-meaning peers and adults.
The MCP program is FREE and available to youth 4 to 18 years old who have been affected by the incarceration (past or present) of someone in their lives. Each child is paired with an adult who takes on the role of a friend- NOT a substitute parent.
“I feel grateful with my mentor in my life right now. He has helped me understand some stuff.”
– Derrick*, mentee
The staff at Seton Youth Services works closely with caregivers, mentors and mentees to ensure the best experience for everyone. We value caregiver input while setting goals for the mentor-mentee relationship. Children and caregivers will not be pressured to talk about the incarceration. Mentors provide consistent, individual attention to their mentee. Their time together may include participating in recreational, education, or cultural activities. Mentors and mentees commit to spending a minimum of four hours together each month for at least one year.
“I am very happy to have Mia’s* mentor. She is very nice and kind. I like the way she calls Mia during the week to see how she is doing. Mia really needs that.” – Alexis*, caregiver
Interested in becoming a mentor?
Benefits of Mentoring Include:
- The rewarding feeling that comes from helping a child
- Being able to be a “big kid” when you are with your mentee
- The ability to adapt your volunteer time to your personal schedule, including evenings and weekends
- Doing what you enjoy, while having a positive impact on a child
Volunteer mentors must commit to spending at least four hours per month with a mentee for one year. Minimum requirements to become a mentor include: age 20 or older, reliable transportation, valid license and auto insurance and the ability to pass background checks. Mentors will also complete an application and interview process followed by a training to prepare the mentor for his or her match.
“I continue to enjoy spending time with Whitney*. She is a great kid with lots of potential. I look forward to our weekly outings and phone calls.” Rachel*, mentor
*Names changed to protect the privacy of our clients.