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Survivor Mentor Program

This program builds supportive relationships with high-risk youth, current victims, and recovering survivors ages 12-25. It aims to provide support, a mentor team, and an invitation to community to vulnerable youth who have a history of abusive and dysfunctional relationships. Mentors focus on modeling wholesome relationships, encouraging a positive self-identify, teaching life skills, and introducing healthy choices. Being a mentor is a tremendous responsibility, requiring a MINIMUM one year commitment. The number of mentors needed is dependent on the number of mentee referrals we receive, and applicants who match the program needs will be invited to the Mentor Training. Again, because of the sensitive nature of the program, we are unable to take every applicant. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Vicki Frederick at vicki@foreverfound.org.

Program Description

Who helped you become the person you are today?

Become a role model for a youth learning the truth about her or his value and identity. The survivor mentor program builds supportive relationships with high-risk youth, current victims, and recovering survivors ages 12-25—providing care and community to vulnerable youth who have a history of abusive and dysfunctional relationships. Mentors work as a team to support a youth who is moving through the stages of change associated with a trauma history.

Mentors focus on modeling wholesome relationships, encouraging a positive self-identify, teaching life skills, and introducing healthy choices. Potential mentors complete an application process which includes a background check, references, and purpose statement. Accepted applicants join a 30-hour certificated training course covering topics such as human trafficking, the effects of trauma, interpersonal communication, boundaries, and safety. Mentors are then matched on a mentor team for a minimum of one year. Mentees are admitted to the program directly through Forever Found or through referral by a partner agency. Forever Found provides ongoing support and education for both mentors and mentees. This program is provided free of charge to mentors and mentees.

Program Requirements

Application Process

We are looking for mentors who demonstrate humility, integrity, empathy, wisdom, and health. Building a relationship with a trauma survivor can potentially retraumatize people who have experienced similar hardships. Thus, our screening process includes questions about applicants’ trauma history and emotional health. Being a mentor is a tremendous responsibility, requiring a MINIMUM one year commitment. The number of mentors needed is dependent on the number of mentee referrals we receive, and applicants who match the program needs will be invited to the Mentor Training. Again, because of the sensitive nature of the program, we are unable to take every applicant. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Forever Found at info@foreverfound.org.

Mentor Training Course

The mentor training course is a thirty hour course

-Six in-person, interactive classes (18 hours total)

-Homework (12 hours total)

Mentor Teams

After satisfactorily completing the mentor training course, mentors will be assigned to a team of two people who support one mentee. The team approach allows mentors to guide and support each other as well as the mentee and gives the mentee access to multiple role models. The team approach also helps to protect against mentor discouragement and fatigue. Mentors commit to their relationships for a minimum of a year.

Ongoing Support

After the training and mentor assignment, Forever Found staff remains available to coach and guide mentors and survivors. It is important to remember that mentors are not meant to be substitutes for social services but rather a positive support. Mentors are asked to “check-in” with Forever Found staff on a monthly basis to provide updates on how the relationship is going.

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