Cfy’s program is designed to step past traditional mentoring practices and offer a Critical Mentoring experience that centers the young person. CfY centers youth as collaborators because they deserve to have their voice heard, their value is seen and respected, and their leadership activated.
We ask mentors to see youth not as broken or deficient, but as dedicated, committed, and powerful. CfY asks mentors to be opportunity brokers, collaborators, listeners, and supporters of our students. We are ardent supporters who meet our students where they are and join them on their journey of transformation. This partnering leads to transformation in our students, mentors, community, and beyond.
CfY’s program runs throughout the school year from late September to mid-June. Participants dedicate 2-3 hours each week to Community for Youth activities.
To ensure success for our students and the program as a whole, mentors must honor this time commitment.
CfY program follows the Academic Year (October – June). At the start of the year, mentors are assigned to Learning Communities, one that meets on Tuesdays, and one that meets on Thursdays. These Learning Communities remain together for the duration of the year. Weekly activities rotate between a one-on-one activity with your student, a small group activity (Family Groups), a mentor-only workshop, and a student-mentor workshop.
Below are the steps to becoming a mentor: