What is the Youth and Families with Promise 4-H Mentoring Program?
The Youth & Families with Promise 4-H Mentoring Program is a grant based mentoring program. It is funded by the National 4-H Council with a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. In this program, developed through Utah State University 4-H, children ages 9-16 are matched with a mentor in a group mentoring situation. The mentors meet with the children weekly for 1 ½ to 2 hours. All the mentors and children are registered 4-H leaders and members. They use the 4-H project groups as a way work on life skills such as: public speaking, self-confidence, written language, team work skills and so much more. The children get a chance to form a bond with a caring and consistent adult. The goals of the program are to improve academics, increase social skills and strengthen family bonds. The way this is done is with the three components of the program which are listed below:
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 which are then entered in the Jeffco Fair & Festival.
- Family Events – Family Night Out events are planned 6 times a year for the families. This makes it so the families can bond in a more relaxed environment. There are fun activities and lots of chances to hold good conversations which can bring the family unit back together.
Mentoring Program Locations
The Youth & Families with Promise 4-H Mentoring meets at three locations in the 2017-2018 4-H year: Parr, Allendale and Hutchinson elementary schools. The schools will begin a summer schedule in June in which they will continue to meet each week. Mentors are needed at all three schools, with the greatest need at Parr and Allendale in Arvada.
- Parr Elementary
5800 W. 84th Ave.
(near 84th & Sheridan)
Mondays, 3:15-4:45 p.m.
Summer – Monday 4-5:30
- Allendale Elementary
5900 Oak St.,
(near Kipling & 58th)
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
- Hutchinson Elementary
12900 W. Utah Ave.,
2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 6-8 pm
What Happens as a part of YFP 4-H Mentoring Program?
- 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities are integrated into the club meetings. The team building activities are also done at the meetings and are easy and fun. All supplies and lessons are provided for the mentors and the mentees.
- The mentees and the mentors complete several community service project to foster service learning and giving back to your community.
- 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 a judging interview, turn in a completed record book and a fair exhibit from their chosen project. All supplies are provided by the grant.
- The mentees are given chances throughout the 4-H year to compete in different contests such as the Speech and Demonstration contest held for all the county 4-H members.
- There are family night out events held 6 times a year which foster stronger family bonds and create an atmosphere of caring and support for the mentees and their families.
Being a Volunteer Mentor
Our volunteer mentors provide an amazing gift to the mentees. 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. 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 commit to meeting weekly with mentors for a year beginning March 1 and ending February 28th of the following year
- Mentors meet with mentees for about one and a half hours per week in a small groups with additional contacts as appropriate including family nights, fairs and culminating events.
- Mentors will do a mentor orientation once they have finished their 4-H Leader process through 4-Honline. This process includes at least 3 references and a background check.
- Mentors will do quarterly mentor trainings at the Jeffco Fairgrounds and will agree to keep in weekly contact with the mentor coordinator.
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 3-4 references and let them know that they will be mailed a questionnaire from the Jeffco 4-H Extension Extension assistant and ask them to fill it out and return it in a timely manner.
Email or call Lisa Stavig, 4-H National Mentoring Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.