Why Be A Mentor? Impact A Youth's Life


A Lasting Impact

If you think back to your own childhood, you may remember an adult who played the role of a mentor in your life, and that you believe positively influenced your future. The real impact of mentors on youth wasn't fully understood, but now the release of new research studies prove the lasting effect a mentor has on their mentee. According to MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership, 1 in 3 young people grow up without a supportive adult role model and/or caretaker in their lives. This is especially concerning, as having an adult mentor impacts a child's future educational achievement, self-esteem, and emotional well-being.
Nationally, 1.3 million students drop out of school every year. Half of low-income and minority youth fail to graduate on time. Only 10% of at-risk youth in the lowest income quartile graduate from college.
But there is hope; the new statistics concerning mentors is promising.

At-Risk youth that have a mentor are:
  • 55% more likely to enroll in college
  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly
  • 52% less likely to skip school
  • 46% less likely to start using illegal drugs
Friends for Youth has a success rate far above the national average. Not only do 98% of mentoring relationships created in our program complete the 1-year term, 90% stay connected and have long-term mentorships that exist outside of the program. 100% of our mentees stay in school, and 88% avoided and/or stopped use of illegal drugs and alcohol. As you can see, mentoring works!

How Can You Help?
The facts don't lie. Having a mentor during child and early adulthood has an immensely positive effect on an individual's life. 
So, don't you want create a lasting impact on a local youth in-need, in a way that effectively changes their future? Become a mentor! Sign up for an info session today and learn more about how you can get involved.  

Source - http://www.mentoring.org/why-mentoring/mentoring-impact/#1442263051104-6ca77555-c66a1be4-a01f


Petaluma Speedway Event Was A Success!

The debut of our race car sponsorship at Petaluma Speedway was a resounding success! 

We are thrilled to have had such a great turn out with friendships, staff members, and local Friends for Youth advocates all coming together to show their support for Paul Hanley as he secured 9th place in the main event. Amazing job, Paul!

 A big thank you to everyone who attended, including JT Graphics and Kristen Hanley for the in-kind donation of the sponsorship.

Didn't make it? Check out our Facebook page for photos and video from the event so you won't miss out on the action!

Stay up to date on upcoming events by visiting friendsforyouth.org.
We hope to see you at the next one!


Petaluma Speedway Race Car Debut 2016


Friends for Youth has it's own race car sponsor!

Due to the generous in-kind donation from JT Graphics and father/daughter racing duo Kristin and Paul Hanley, we are being represented at the Petaluma Speedway 54th Anniversary Event.
Come join us for a fun evening at the track and show your support! As a special bonus, the first 10 friendships who sign up on Eventbrite get FREE tickets!

So come out July 9th to our Race Car Debut Event and support local at-risk youth. We hope you'll be cheering along with us!

More Details and ticket information on Eventbrite.com.


Name it & Win it!


Friends for Youth was named by a Friendship back in 1985 and we need YOUR help once again to name our new mentoring program!  

We have an exciting announcement! At the end of this summer, we will be adding a new school-based mentoring program that will take place at Sequoia High School. We will be offering group mentoring to incoming freshman who have been identified as needing extra guidance and support to reach their goals. 

About the Program:
·      Where: Sequoia High School
·      When: Academic year during school hours
·      Student Mentees: Incoming 9th graders
·      Mentors: Caring adult volunteers
·      Mentor:Student Ratio: 1:4
·      Program Model: Through conversations, activities, and field trips mentees will access tools to develop their interests, build healthy habits and networks, overcome obstacles and reach short and long-term goals.

Program Name: Catchy to teens and adults, may represent a community of support, and students' success. It could even be an acronym... 

Prize: $50 gift card

Deadline for Submission: Wednesday, June 1st

How: Simply email any ideas to info@friendsforyouth.org. The more suggestions the better your chances of winning! 

P.S., Is your mentee all grown up or do you now have more time? If you or someone you know would be interested in getting involved as a group mentor or partner, please contact sarahnorman@friendsforyouth.org for more information.  


Mentee Becomes Mentor


An organizational milestone for Friends for Youth, the first mentee becomes a mentor in 2016

Pictured above are the original photos archived by Friends for Youth of the first meeting between all mentor and mentee matches.

In 1998, 13-year-old Juan found out about Friends for Youth from his friend who was in the program. He was excited to get involved and went to a counselor at Kennedy Middle School to learn more.  Juan had limited resources at home, and was struggling to make friends, pass his classes and improve his English language skills. “I felt like I was missing out on a lot and there was so much to do and see.” 

A few months later, Juan met his mentor, Trish.

“She took me places that I had never been before. We went to Six Flags, we went kayaking, horseback riding, and I visited her at her job, which I thought was cool. She was a DEA Agent at San Francisco Airport. We also watched [her husband’s bike] races.”

Juan attributes his motivation to be healthy, improved social skills, and increased resiliency to the experience. He also said Trish helped him with homework and staff connected him to tutoring services.

He became the first in his family to go to college and graduated with a degree in Child Development. He has since worked as a preschool teacher and is currently in school to become a social worker. Juan reconnected with Friends for Youth for a school project and afterward felt compelled to become a mentor.  “I remembered Trish talking about her job and how she was married. If she made time for me, then I can make time for someone else.”

Juan is now a positive role model for his mentee, Mateo. “It makes me feel good when I expose him to something new… His dad approached me and said I just want to thank you for what you’re doing for [us].”

He recently found Trish on Facebook and exchanged thanks and memories. “I posted a picture of Mateo and myself at the Giants game and she replied that I had made her morning that I was now volunteering.”

Mentoring transforms the lives of youth, families, friends and communities.
Help us expand the ripple effect of mentoring today!


Ryan and Leo's College Visit


Ryan decided to take his mentee Leo to his alma mater, SJSU! They explored campus, ate at one of Ryan's favorite local spots and got to talk about school. 

Leo is currently in middle school but would be a first generation college student. This was his first time getting to ask an adult a lot of questions about college and picture himself on a college campus. Having a mentor helps inspires youth like Leo to work hard in school and believe in their goals.

Creating Photo Memories

We love seeing how each Friendship decides to experience their year. Mirjam and Sharon make a photo collage to remember each visit!

Here's their collage from the zoo and what they talked about that day. The text reads: "We absolutely cannot change the past. What happened, happened. The quickest path to hopelessness lies in all of the "what if, could have, should have"... that our minds try to trap us in. Don't travel that path. It will never take you where you need to be. Choose to focus on the moment you are in, and make it enough." It is inspiring to see the creativity and wisdom that comes out of youth and adult friendships!


Lots of skating and cheer at Annual Friendship Holiday Party

There was a perfect break in the rain for the Friends for Youth Holiday Party, which was held this past weekend at the Winter Lodge in Palo Alto. Thanks to a very generous Emeritus Friendships donor, more than 50 people enjoyed an afternoon of skating, food, drink, and holiday cheer. Mentors, mentees, and their guests took to the ice and then warmed up with hot cocoa and apple cider. Each Friendship also received a special holiday treat. Everyone was in the holiday spirit, and a car full of canned goods were collected and donated to our local food bank. Thank you to everyone who came out to join us!

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