Friends for Youth serves at-risk youth, including youth in the highest levels of the risk continuum, older teens, and those who are the most difficult to access in the child welfare, foster care and juvenile justice systems.
We support Positive Youth Development of at-risk youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare systems by providing caring adult mentors, life-enriching experiences and enhanced community connections resulting in successful life transitions.
- The One-to-One Community Mentoring Program provides youth with an engaged and supportive relationship with a caring adult mentor. Friends for Youth follows best practices of mentoring through quality volunteer training, matching, close supervision and personalized case management. The commitment is for matches to meet a min. of 2X per month, for a min. of 4 hours per month, for one year.
- The Success Journey Program serves youth who are currently incarcerated through the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections by providing a pro-social intervention and caring adult role model to support the youths transition back to community. This program is currently held in a Rite of Passage facilities for young men. One year commitment for mentors.
- Success Journey EDU helps at-risk students who are experiencing truancy and behavioral challenges to be successful in school and in life. Programs are currently in place at Hinkley High School, Aurora Central High School, and Aurora West Middle School. The weekly commitment for mentors lasts for the length of the school year.
- Group Mentoring Activities enhance our programs by offering both one-to-one matches and group mentoring participants an opportunity to participate in structured pro-social events including cultural, adventure and athletic opportunities.