Youth ages five through 17 years old and are working directly with the Birmingham Youth Assistance Caseworker may be matched with a trained, adult, volunteer mentor through the Mentors Plus program. The commitment is for one year with weekly interactions. The program supports positive self-image, healthy behaviors, and new experiences for youth.
Mentors Plus, sponsored by Oakland County Youth Assistance, has been matching caring adults with young people who need them since 1973. Adult applicants are screened and trained prior to acceptance for placement as a mentor. Trainings, resources, and consultations are provided throughout the match to support mentors and the young participating in the program. Monthly newsletters and organized group and countywide activities and events are also available to attend.
Statistics show that youngsters who met with their mentor an average of three times a month for a year or longer were:
46% less likely to use drugs
27% less likely to start drinking
53% less likely to skip school
If you would like to make a difference in the life of a child, please contact the Oakland County Youth Assistance Mentors Plus Program at 248-858-0041.
A little time each week. A little caring. A little piece of yourself, reserved just for a special kid who needs it. Thousands of "matches" have been made, many of which have grown into lasting friendships through Mentors Plus.