Message from the Director
Adolescence can be a time of uncertainty and unease. Add to that the challenges youth who come through our doors face – depression, anxiety, abuse, neglect, trauma, to name a few – and it becomes clear why a mentor is an important element in helping our youth succeed.
Mentors come in many forms, such as a teacher or a friend. At the core of every program within Youth Services is the goal of mentoring and we feel fortunate to count our counselors, youth workers, after school staff and case managers amongst the list of mentors to the teens we serve.
Studies show that dedicated mentors can help prevent substance abuse, teen violence, boost academic achievement and workforce readiness. The National Mentoring Partnership estimates that 15 million young people across the nation are currently in need of a caring adult mentor in their lives.
We invite you to join us in celebrating the 11th Annual National Mentoring Month by giving of your time, talent and resources to mentor a young person. Youth Services is always looking for one time and ongoing volunteers and we appreciate the generous time contributed each year from community members.
As we look forward to this New Year, we are optimistic about the possibilities of making a positive difference in the lives of the children, youth and families we serve. We continue to look for ways to increase community awareness about our programs and to better our customer service. We welcome your input and appreciate your partnership in helping us improve.
May this year be filled not only with personal milestones and accomplishments but also with memorable moments spent one on one with a youth in need.
Youth Services Director
Inside This Edition:
- 2011 Holiday Wrap Up
- Understanding Safe Environments for Teens: New Presentation
- New Leadership and Mentoring Program
- 2nd Annual “No Empty Seats Today” Campaign
- Riverton Open House to be hosted in March