How the program works

The Y-NOW Mentoring Program begins with a 3-day camp retreat designed to help youth take a look at their lives and attempt to identify what is getting in the way of their success. They are asked to evaluate their experiences, choices and behavior and are then given the encouragement, confidence and guidance they need to realize their full potential.

The retreat is followed by ten months of one-on-one mentoring with a thoroughly screened and trained adult who commits to one phone call and one face-to-face meeting each week. In addition, structured group meetings are held twice a month along with special activities throughout the year, which include a trip to a halfway house, a community service project, family days, and a graduation ceremony.

Ongoing case management ensures that the full complement of needs of the youth, family and mentor are addressed — even after the program is completed.