Utah Youth Mentor Project helps youth “aging-out” of foster care build supportive friendships with mentors.
We are a non-profit organization which assists youth to develop life skills, accomplish goals, and find resources to become independent.
At age 18, youth in foster care “age-out” of state custody. Many have nowhere to go and no one to turn to for help. Without supportive relationships, they struggle with homelessness, legal issues, medical emergencies, personal care, and poverty.
What do mentors do?
Mentors meet with a youth twice each month for two years
Mentors laugh, play, and have new experiences
Mentors remember birthdays, celebrate successes, talk through
Mentors are committed, positive role models
Mentors come to group activities and trainings
Mentors assist youth to overcome barriers to success
Keep an open mind
Mentors practice being non-judgmental and respect others’ values
Create a community
Mentors help youth find resources, meet new people, and expand
Rely on support
Mentors access professional services from the Mentor Project
Brighter Futures Through Mentoring
Youth with mentors face fewer obstacles, like arrests and addiction. But more importantly, mentoring can create a positive, stable, rewarding life for at-risk youth.
Mentor Project Youth Have Access to
- One-to-one mentoring
- A mentor group
- A community of support
- Emergency resources
- Lifeskills workshops
- Activities and special events
- Pro-bono service from professionals
- Leadership roles
- Opportunities to serve
How Mentor Project Works
Our unique program combines the strengths of one-to-one and group mentoring into a two-year comprehensive model.
We recruit, screen, and train mentors and advocates in groups of
5-8 individuals, referred to as a mentor group.
The support provided by a group structure is key
to mentor retention and creating a community of support for youth.