YOUTH MENTORS NEEDED
to help at-risk youth in Silicon Valley
StandUp For Kids (SUFK) is a national, all-volunteer organization with active programs in 30 U.S. cities. We help youth who are on their own, having run away from or been kicked out of an unsafe (usually abusive) home. They are trying to restart their lives.
The Silicon Valley chapter needs one-on-one mentors to work with our kids, typically of the ages 16-24. They need an adult who cares about them, and who can help them make good decisions.
Following a 1-day training program, and with support from experienced volunteers, the mentor will strive to meet with their assigned kid on a weekly basis providing life guidance and perhaps assisting with schooling, housing or finding a job.
We provide kids with basic essentials (food, clothing, hygiene products), but more importantly, we them understand what choices are available and help them develop a plan to be successful. Then we cheer for them when they make progress and get in their face and help them recover when they make bad choices.
If you have 3-4 hours per week and would like to to help us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteer mentors must:
Be at least 25 years old
Have reliable transportation with liability insurance
Submit a criminal background check, with fingerprints
Make a 6-month commitment
Explore and develop educational and vocational pathways with their kid
Have a positive attitude and desire to help youth