Volunteers needed to mentor young parents
August 20, 2013
The Healthy Start Parent Mentor Program, a service of Youth Eastside Services, is looking for volunteers to guide young parents toward positive, healthy relationships with their children.
Volunteers act as mentors for the parents through friendship, support and by providing information that can help in making healthy choices for the young families. Mentors refer their Healthy Start participant to outside agencies for additional support and encourage steps toward family independence.
Following screening and training, volunteers are matched one-to-one with a parent younger than 23 who is pregnant or parenting an infant. Mentors should expect an obligation of three to six hours per month, for a minimum of one year, to support the needs of the family and completing paperwork required for funding. The program seeks mentors who are nonjudgmental, communicative and organized. Mentors must also have some flexibility in their schedule and understand that they will often have to take the lead in planning activities.
In addition to English and Spanish speakers, the program encourages bilingual volunteers to apply. Interviews are being set up now in anticipation of training sessions to take place at Youth Eastside Services in Bellevue’s Crossroads Park in October.
Learn more by contacting Karen Wherlock at 586-2320 or KarenW@YouthEastsideServices.org.