While some may believe that youth culture has remained unchanged, statistics prove otherwise. [http://www.education.nh.gov/instruction/school_health/hiv_data.htm] Many children and youth are facing an increase of life challenges without the support systems they need. YouthStorm is working to turn the tide on this trend by providing relational support and development through trained mentors. Mentoring helps children and youth build healthy relationships, make responsible decisions, improve grades and attendance in school, avoid “at risk” behavior, and prepare proactively for their next step in life whether it be higher education or a vocation.
WHO WE ARE
YouthStorm, Inc., founded in 2000 as a development organization for leadership in youth services, has a rich history of partnering with parents, schools, churches, communities, and non-profit organizations to more effectively reach and support young people and their families. This has been accomplished through a wide array of activities and programs including conferences, camps, special events, training seminars, community service initiatives, internships and mentoring. Our vision is to unite, equip, and mobilize young people to understand their identities, to effectively fulfill their purposes, and to authentically impact their communities and world.
WHAT WE DO
While some may believe that youth culture has remained unchanged, statistics prove otherwise. Children and youth are facing an increase of life challenges without the support systems they need. The “at risk” classification is broadening and increasing in scope and size. Studies show a higher percentage of “at risk” young people in rural areas than urban centers.
Over the past 13 years, mentoring has been paramount in producing genuine, lasting results in the lives of young people. Young people in our program have demonstrated marked improvement in building healthy relationships, making responsible decisions, improving grades and attendance in school and extra-curricular activities, avoiding “at risk” behavior, and preparing proactively for their future whether it be higher education or a vocation. In fact, some of the older, more entrepreneurial youth were mentored in starting businesses that are successfully in operation today.
A Mentor is:
- Positive role model
- Self-esteem builder
- Career Counselor
- Active listener
A Mentor is not:
- A Disciplinarian
- A Social Worker
- A Parent
- A Therapist
Our mentors and mentees go through an extensive screening and matching process. Both start the process with an application to identify personal interests and opportunities. For mentors, this process continues with inquiry into personal references, fingerprinting, a background check, and an interview. Once the application process is complete, mentors go through initial training followed up with ongoing training and support.
For mentees, the process continues from the application to an interview with parents, a more detailed presentation of the program and a completion of other paperwork including parental permission forms. The mentee is then ready to be matched with one of our screened and trained mentors!