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4H Youth and Family Mentoring Featured Logo4-H National Mentoring Program, Youth and Families with Promise in Jefferson County

What is 4-H NMP YFP? The 4-H National Mentoring Program: Youth and Families with Promise  (4-H NMP YFP) is a prevention program designed to enhance the developmental assets of at-risk youth. This program was developed by Utah State University Extension and uses mentoring to promote developmental assets in at-risk youth. Developmental assets include, but are not limited to, family support, relationships with non-parent adults, school engagement, resistance skills, and a sense of purpose. The mission of 4-H NMP YFP is to “assist youth in acquiring knowledge, building character, and developing life skills in a fun learning environment that will enable them to become self-directing, productive members of society.” The program is funded through the 4-H National Mentoring Program and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

The program consists of three components:

  • Group Mentoring – Volunteer mentors work directly with at-risk youth weekly to help them build academic and social skills.
  • 4-H Activities – Club involvement serves to enhance social competencies through leadership opportunities, community service and group projects.4-H YFP clubs elect officers, complete service learning projects and work on 4-H projects.
  • Family Events – Group activities are designed to foster family bonds through experiential learning activities. These are held throughout the mentoring year.

Locations. The 4-H National Mentoring Program: Youth and Families with Promise in Jefferson County meets at three locations until January 31, 2017.

  • Parr Elementary
    5800 W. 84th Ave.
    Arvada

    (near 84th & Sheridan)
    Mondays, 3:15-4:45 p.m.
  • Pleasant View Elementary
    15290 W. 10th Ave.,
    Golden

    (near 10th Ave. & South Golden Rd)
    Wednesdays, 3:15-4:45 p.m.
  • Molholm Elementary
    6000 W. 9th Ave.,
    Lakewood
    (near 9th & Sheridan)
    Thursdays, 3:45-5:15 p.m.

Pending funding, the program will begin a new mentoring year February 1, 2017 at Parr Elementary, Pleasant View Elementary and the Rocky Mountain Deaf School.

What happens at 4-H NMP YFP? Youth meet weekly in an after-school club setting. Within the club, they develop a relationship with a caring adult mentor. They participate in fun and exciting, hands-on activities and projects. They accomplish tasks, work in teams and have opportunities for leadership. The students also participate in community service projects. They participate in a monthly business meeting where they learn how to run a meeting, keep track of club minutes and records, participate in group decision-making and learn public speaking through demonstrations.

The 4-H NMP YFP begins on February 1. Youth and mentors are matched based on their experience, skills, and interests. The mentors and mentees begin the program getting to know each other and developing a plan for the year to explore shared interests. Here is some of the things the mentoring groups do throughout the year:

  • 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) hands-on activities. The projects and activities are easy and fun and all lessons are provided for mentors.
  • Youth mentees choose a 4-H project they would to complete in preparation for the Jeffco Fair and Festival. During the Jeffco Fair and Festival, youth mentees complete an interview and participate in a career day.
  • Get to be a part of a 4-H club that elects officers, provides opportunities to give demonstrations, completes community service projects and more.
  • Has a family event every other month for youth mentees and volunteer mentors to demonstration growth and build familial relationships.

Being a Volunteer Mentor.  4-H NMP YPF Mentors provide an invaluable service to the program. They are caring adults who are committed to changing the lives of youth. These at-risk kids need committed and consistent adult role models in their lives. Please only apply if you can commit to spending a year with a mentee. Volunteer mentors meet with youth mentees for about one and a half hours per week. Mentors help open doors to youth for interests in science, technology, engineering and math, as well as helping them develop life skills such as self-esteem, responsibility, problem-solving, cooperation, sharing and teamwork.

Volunteer mentors may encompass many roles:

  • Listener
  • Advisor
  • Role Model
  • Resource Person
  • Companion
  • Teacher/Challenger
  • Confidence Builder

Volunteer mentors will:

  • Develop a relationship with mentees that is characterized by trust and respect.
  • Demonstrate and model partnership values, dependability, commitment, follow-through and open communication.
  • Contact staff about any concerns that arise during the course of the mentor relationship, as soon as they arise.

Time Commitment:

  • Mentors commit to meeting weekly with mentors for a year beginning February 1 and ending January 31, the following year
  • Mentors meet with mentees about one and a half hours per week in a small groupm,with additional contacts as appropriate including family nights, fairs and culmination events
  • Attending a Mentor Orientation Session

How do I apply to be a mentor? 

  • Meet with Lisa Stavig, the 4-H NMP YFP Coordinator
  • Go to Colorado 4HOnline to submit an application to be a 4-H volunteer mentor
  • Select four references and let them know that they will be receiving a questionnaire from CSU Extension Colorado 4-H and ask them to fill it out quickly.
  • Fill out Background Check information from CSU HireRite as soon as you receive our confirmation e-mail

Email or call Lisa Stavig, 4-H National Mentoring Program, Youth and Families with Promise Coordinator, at lstavig@jeffco.us or 303-271-6620 if you have any questions or would like more information.

This material is based upon work supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Award Number 2013-JU-FX-0022.