Y-NOW, the mentoring component of YMCA Safe Place Services, is recruiting volunteer mentors for the Fall cohort of our 2018/2019 program.
Y-NOW youth participants are 11-15, living in the Louisville metro area, with at least one incarcerated parent. The stigma of having a parent incarcerated means that these youth often feel shame, blame, fear, ridicule, and embarrassment. They typically struggle academically and have a difficult time trusting adults. Studies show that children of prisoners more likely to become incarcerated themselves one day. We believe these youth deserve a chance to become productive members of our community. But we need your help to break the cycle.
Volunteer mentors are needed to take the time to listen and to provide encouragement, support, and stability so that these youth might begin to create a future that is distinctly different from the past. Mentoring in the Y-NOW program is a great way to gain insight into the lives of today's youth and to connect with people from all over our community as it provides both a one-on-one and group mentoring experience.
The 15th class of the Y-NOW Children of Prisoners Mentoring Program officially begins with training in September 2018, and continues through July 2019. No experience is needed, just heart and commitment.