Building Futures Program at the YMCA

Copper Basin YMCA – Building Futures

Below is an email I sent out to our Friends group at San Tan Mountain Regional Park this weekend. We are discussing creating a Mentoring Program for the area youth. This post is just spreading the word and opening up a wider opportunity for the kids.

Good morning everyone. At our last meeting there was discussion of our “Vision” for Friends and the relationship we have with the Park. Tom brought up creating a Mentoring Program to get the area youth involved, engaged and interested in the Park. The ultimate goal I gathered as being a finding a good core group of youth to eventually pass the Friends torch to. Nothing is forever, especially not us.
The day after our “Vision” meeting I went to a San Tan Valley Think Tank Meeting regarding school safety and Jen Hewitt from the YMCA was also there.  She had  mentioned the YMCA is looking for mentors so I struck up a conversation in regards to this. On Friday Feb 1st I met with Jen and discussed at great length the YMCA mentoring program and how our Friends group could be more involved with it.
Summary of what the YMCA is looking for:
  • Mentors for groups (but must meet one on one with at least one child for about 20 minutes) or individuals
  • The kids are looking for things to do with adults who will have positive impact
  • Some kids will have emotional or problematic home lives, so the ability to listen and counsel is needed
  • The mentor goes to the child’s home to pick up
Commitment would require the following:
  • At least 23 years old
  • Complete a 15 hour paraprofessional counseling training
  • Pass a fingerprint security screen
  • Provide a copy of a valid auto liability insurance
  • Meet with a youth approximately 1-3 hours a week, for one year
What I need to know from Friends:
  • Looking above at the required commitments is anyone willing to do this?
  • If so we need to design a program relative to the park including but not limited to:
    • Hiking
    • Historical aspects
      • Carter and Kennedy
      • Indian presence
    • Cultural aspects
      • Petroglyphs
      • Indian presence
    • Photography
    • Horseback riding
    • Nature studies
    • Animals / insect studies

About Jeff

Long time volunteer in the San Tan Valley/Queen Creek area of Arizona.

Posted on February 4, 2013, in From STHCW, Meeting and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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