BECOME A MENTOR

Are you interested in becoming a mentor to an older foster youth? Making a difference in a youth’s life isn’t as complicated as you may imagine. Just being a phone call away can make all the difference in the world. LIFEGUIDES is a 12 week volunteer mentor program to assist foster youth ages 17-23 navigate adulthood. LIFEGUIDE mentors receive training specific to the needs of foster youth. Youth are matched with their volunteer mentors based on similar interests and work with them to develop goals and life skills.

Sign up here for more information on the LIFEGUIDES mentoring program or to become a mentor.

With questions, contact Andrea Davis at adavis@foundationforfosterchildren.org and 407.443.8131 or Maria Petrakos at mpetrakos@foundationforfosterchildren.org and 407.422.4615.

If you are an existing mentor, please check out our helpful resources.

Program Description:

The LIFEGUIDE Program is facilitated by the Foundation for Foster Children developed to create or strengthen emotional, educational, and social support for current or former foster youth placed in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties in Florida. The program is developed to assist 17-23 year olds with continuation of their education and with general life skills training who are in out of home foster care, extended foster care or those living independently and receiving Post-Secondary Educational Services and Support (PESS). Through the LIFEGUIDE program, youth are matched with a supportive community volunteer to help them transition into adulthood and independency.

Program Goal:

  • To create a supportive relationship in a youth’s life with someone to listen to them and reach out to for advice.
  • To increase the success of older youth from foster care living independently with the necessary life skills to thrive as an individual and contributing member of our community.

Target Population:

Youth 17 to 23 years who have been identified for participation in the program. Youth will be in one of the following categories:

  • Approaching Extended Foster Care or PESS
  • Living independently and receiving a monthly stipend
  • Youth who have previously received services from the Foundation for Foster Children and meet the program age requirement

Length of Commitment:

The mentor is expected to meet with the mentee at least 1 hour on a weekly basis at the minimum of 12 weeks. We are hoping to form long-term relationships that last into the mentees’ adulthood. After the completion of the 12 weeks, mentors and mentees may choose to mutually continue meeting organically while still receiving support from the Foundation.

Clearance of LIFEGUIDES:

Mentors must be at least 25 years of age. All applicants receive a criminal background check, DMV screening and FBI fingerprint clearance before being matched with a youth.

What people are saying about LIFEGUIDES:

“I feel like I have someone to talk to” – Kamesha, mentee

 

“I have learned that my time guiding her and belief in her is important to helping her reach her goals but it has also given me a more in-depth knowledge of the issues our foster children face” – Michelle, mentor

 

“We are like two peas in a pod!” – Jaleeca, mentee