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New bikes for kids in partnership with Intuit

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Mentoring Programs

The Avenue F Family Enrichment Corporation of Texas, Inc. (AFFECT, Inc.) Mentoring Program is to provide academic, curricular and life skills advising for juveniles who may need extra help successfully transitioning to society. This program works well for youth who benefit from additional support in order to manage their time, stay organized and develop social skills. Mentors also seek to foster personal development, by helping students gain stronger communication, interpersonal and self-advocacy skills.

Mentors work with students on an individualized basis, helping them to develop necessary working relationships while teaching them to effectively utilize AFFECTs resources. Mentors provide students with emotional support, encouragement, and valuable feedback. The goal of the program is to guide students to become more independent, self-advocating, confident, and successful in their academic and social lives. Mentors provide direction and advice on goal setting, and teach specific success strategies such as time management, organization and self-advocating.

When appropriate, mentor’s help their students utilize the wide range of AFFECTs resources available to support their academic and social efforts. These resources include the health and counseling center, student development for home issues or disciplinary incidents, tutoring, career counseling, and academic advising. Additionally, mentors help the student to develop positive working relationships with their probation officers and other individuals in authority. To make this happen, mentors:

Offer a maximum of three hours of support per week per student (minimum two hours). In addition to the direct contact with the students, this may include time for administrative work, communication with parents, parole officers, and other support services.

Provide individualized support for each student. The youth and the mentor spend several meetings getting to know one another and building a trusting relationship. In that time, the student shares areas in which they need growth, as well as areas where they excel.

Help student’s manage their transition into society, providing a point person to whom the students can turn for advice and support.

Maintain contact with parole officer and teachers to keep abreast of the student’s academic and social progress. The on-going dialog allows the mentor to assess difficulties as they arise, while helping the student to develop learning strategies that build on their academic and personal strengths.

Mentors help to coordinate a team approach to the educational and social process. Mentors are responsible for contacting the parents/parole officers on a regular basis, and issues are discussed with students prior to mentor contacts with parents. The successful mentor/mentee relationship is one where the student has a sense that the mentor takes a personal interest in him/her and genuinely has his/her best interests at heart. The personal rapport that develops is an important part of the mentor/mentee relationship.

Our main goal is for youth to transition out of the mentoring program as a mentee and return as a mentor. Ideally, they develop the necessary skills to better navigate social life during that time frame. Ultimately, the onus is on the student to be successful. However, the individualized attention of the mentoring experience can result in a great deal of personal and academic growth.