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4-H National Mentoring
Youth and Families with Promise


What is 4-H National Mentoring Program, Youth and Families with Promise?
4-H NMP YFP is a mentoring program that was successfully adapted from Utah
State Extension. The program focuses on enhancing the developmental assets
of youth.

The program consists of three components:

  • Mentoring – Volunteer mentors work directly with at-risk youth weekly in our schools to help them build academic and social skills. We work to have one mentor to four children or less.
  • 4-H Activities – Club involvement serves to enhance social competencies through leadership opportunities, community service and group projects.
  • Family Events – Group activities are designed to foster family bonds through experiential learning activities. We hold six “family nights” per year, or three per semester. Events vary but some examples are: movie night, cake wars, family photo night.

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Where is the 4-H YFP Program in Jefferson County? 

Currently, there are three schools with 4-H YFP programs in Jefferson County:

  • Parr Elementary
    5800 W. 84th Ave.

    (near 84th & Sheridan)
    Tuesdays, 3:15-4:45 p.m.
    Volunteers are most needed here.
  • Pleasant View Elementary
    15290 W. 10th Ave.,

    (near 10th Ave. & South Golden Rd)
    Wednesdays, 3:15-4:45 p.m.
  • Molholm Elementary
    6000 W. 9th Ave.,
    (near 9th & Sheridan)
    Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

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What does the program look like? 

Students 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.

How does the program work within a calendar year and school year?
The program kicks off around the beginning of the school-year, in the fall; however, you can volunteer at any time during the year. Our program runs throughout the entire calendar year, from September through early August.

September-October/November: We begin club meetings with basic STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) projects while educating the students about 4-H through hands-on activities. The projects and actitivites are easy and fun and all lessons are provided for mentors, who work with small groups of students each week. STEM activities in the past have included: balloon-powered car races, the marshmallow tower challenge, the egg-drop, and more.

October/November-May: Students choose which 4-H project they would like to participate in, so that they may enter it in the Jefferson County Fair for free. Students can choose from 25 different projects including: robotics, woodworking, model rocketry, hiking/camping, cake decorating, sewing, quilting, needlepoint, horses, gardening, and more. Mentors are then paired with students based on their experience, skills, and interests. All curriculum and supplies are provided FREE for all.

June & July: Students and mentors continue to meet weekly, working on their fair projects with more focus as they move closer to the county fair.

August: Students and mentors come together during the first week of August for the Jefferson County Fair, at the fairgrounds in Golden. Students are interviewed for their projects on that Wednesday before fair. After the fair is over, the 4-H clubs do not meet again until the middle or end of September.

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I’m thinking I’d like to be a mentor.

4-H 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. Mentors meet kids for about one hour per week, although some weeks are off to due to the school and holiday schedule. 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.
Mentors may encompass many roles:

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

Mentors will:

  • Develop a friendship with mentee(s) 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:

  • About one and a half hours per week during the calendar year in a small group or one-on-one setting, with additional contacts as appropriate
  • Attending a Mentor Orientation Session, which is about 1 1/2-2 hours

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How do I apply to be a mentor? 

Email Holley Petrick, 4-H Mentor Coordinator, at, if you have any questions or would like more information.

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Check out the rest of our web site for more information about 4-H in Jefferson County. If you have questions please call 303-271-6620 or e-mail Holley Petrick at

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