Youth in foster care have special needs, as they can often feel their very identity is shattered. They live with families not their own and know that this is not a stable place. The anxiety is real and so we have provided these youth with volunteer mentors to talk with, to share with, to trust. Our mentors see each youth twice per month and commit to this relationship for the youth’s entire time in foster care (and after foster care).
We asked the youth to write down “The #1 thing I want to say about my mentor is this:” The responses were frank, humbling, and show the incredible value of this relationship.