Supportive Friends for Youth Leaving Foster Care

About Us

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.

 


 

 

 

Mentoring Matters

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?
 

Build friendships 

   Mentors meet with a youth twice each month for two years

Have fun 

   Mentors laugh, play, and have new experiences

Care

   Mentors remember birthdays, celebrate successes, talk through  

   problems, etc

Serve

   Mentors are committed, positive role models

Participate

   Mentors come to group activities and trainings

Help

   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

   their opportunities
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.