Becoming a Mentor is Easy!
Real Connections pairs caring adult mentors with youth (ages 12-21) in transition. These youth are preparing to leave foster care, with many coming from a background of abuse and/or neglect. These vulnerable youth face many barriers and are often left without the supports outside of the "system," that they need to achieve some basic skills such as finding a job, applying to college, keeping an apartment, handling money, or making decisions that will advance their independence.
What does it mean to be a mentor?
To be a mentor means that you are making a difference in the life of a teen in foster care, but it is so much more! To be a mentor means you are helping a young person reach for the stars, chase their dreams, and achieve their goals! You are there to cheer on their successes and encourage them through the challenges of life.
To be a mentor means that you commit to meeting with your mentee for a minimum of an hour per week for one year. Visits are mutually agreeable, fun and goal oriented. But nothing says it better than our mentors can:
"It has been life changing. It added someone to our family that I never knew was missing." Lisa, Mentor of 3 years
Think you are ready to become a mentor, here's how:
As we help you to become a mentor we also need to ensure the safety and well-being of the youth we serve. Our goal is to successfully pair youth with positive, responsible, and dedicated adults committed to helping youth develop their full potential. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. To get started:
- Written application
- Three personal references
- Clearances - Rhode Island State Background Check and Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System
- Individual interview
- Training session conducted by Foster Forward staff
Real Connections staff are always available for ongoing support. This consistent communication can be critical, especially if mentors and mentees need additional support or are experiencing challenges in the relationship.
Think you are ready to become a mentor or want to learn more?
Download and fill out this application or contact Kate Bronner at 401-438-3900 x108 or at email@example.com