The goal of the Mentoring program is to help our clients and their families achieve a good outcome with the help of positive reinforcement from a mentor. This program provides both one-on-one and group mentoring to individuals. The mentoring program uses individual interactions, service plans, and treatment meetings. During these meetings individual action plans can be developed and monitored. We believe that not all children/adolescents are in need of intensive services and some can achieve positive outcomes through the use of a good role model or mentor.
What is Mentoring?
Mentoring takes place between young persons (i.e., mentees) and older or more experienced persons (i.e., mentors) who are acting in a non-professional helping capacity to provide support that benefits one or more areas of the mentee’s development based on their future.
Roles of Mentors
A mentor is someone who takes an interest in the personal and educational development of their mentee by providing guidance and support. This requires a genuine commitment on the part of both the mentor and the Mentee. Good mentors do not take their responsibilities lightly. This is why we consider these seven key qualities when choosing an effective mentor.
- Ability and willingness to communicate what you know (good role model)
- Approachability, availability, and the ability to listen
- Honesty with diplomacy
- Objectivity and fairness
- Compassion and genuineness
Goals for Mentoring?
Focus Point Mental Health, LLC. is instilling many core components into the lives of youth and adults:
- Academic Excellence
- Alternatives to Gang
- Criminal Acts
- Job Skills
- Physical Fitness
- Health & Hygiene
- Life Coping Skills
- Responsible Citizenship
- Service to Community
- Truancy Reduction
This program model is designed to provide “Low, Moderate to Intense Risk” students with academic and social support and guidance, self-esteem building, and problem solving/conflict resolution skills and is based on the risk level of students targeted by the program. On a continuum, higher risk students require higher levels of resources, structure, intensity of services and mentor qualifications/training is based on the risk level of students targeted by the program. The program takes into consideration cultural competence at all levels of planning, implementation and service delivery.
Two types of mentoring opportunities will be offered:
• One to One—the matching of one mentee with one mentor who needs or wants a caring, responsible adult in their lives.
• Group mentoring is our way to honor and share the knowledge and expertise of individuals and to provide other mentors with exposure to their specific know-how in a group setting.
Participation requires the mentee be between the ages of 5 years old 18 years old. Mentors and mentees will meet a maximum of 10 hours per week @ 2 hours per day. Pre-approved group mentoring events will be at extended times.