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Youth Education & Success (Y.E.S)

The one•n•ten Y.E.S Program, established in 2014, will help connect LGBTQ youth and young adults in our programs to a qualified and valuable professional adult mentor. Youth who participate in this program are matched with a one•n•ten mentor for a period of one year. However, our expectation is that this relationship will extend beyond this time period. Once matched, mentors and mentees create multiple goals and objectives in order for the youth participants to feel qualified and capable in seeking employment and internship opportunities in the community, while building self-esteem and individual leadership qualities. Stewardship, leadership development, employment acquisition, and personal growth benchmarks will also be tracked and measured in order to evaluate individual and programmatic success.

Community members interested in volunteering for the Y.E.S. Program must fill out an interest survey, mentor application, participate in an interview, pass a criminal background check, and provide references. Once these steps have been completed, volunteers will participate in the one•n•ten mentor and youth volunteer training program that will introduce them to the unique needs of our youth, and explain the program in-depth. This training focuses primarily on positive youth development, as well as LGBTQ issues specific to our youth community.

Adults who wish to participate in the Y.E.S Program must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 25 years of age.
  • Sign a confidentiality agreement.
  • Participate in the Mentor and Volunteer Trainings.
  • Agree to record the times and dates of each contact and submit a monthly progress report.
  • Check the Facebook Mentor group at least weekly.
  • Attend group events and activities as developed in the youth’s Individualized Success Program.
  • Agree to be a mentor, or to be available as a mentor, for a period of no less than one year once matched, must agree to contact their mentee AT LEAST four times per month, with a minimum of one monthly face-to-face meeting, based on the youth’s Individualized Success Plan.
  • Be committed in helping to change the lives of LGBTQ Youth!
For more information on the one•n•ten Youth Mentoring Program: 
Contact Rachel Sherman at 
rachel@onenten.org or (602) 600-7340

 

Background Information

one•n•ten is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving and assisting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. We provide youth with tools to improve self-esteem and acceptance of who they are.

We create a safe space, mentally and physically, for youth of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Our weekly discussion groups cover a wide range of social, educational, health, and community issues. We offer resources for healthy living and making healthy choices, as well as social networking opportunities appropriate for developing leadership skills and having fun.

Our mission is to serve LGBTQ youth and young adults, ages 14-24. We enhance their lives by providing empowering social and service programs that promote self-expression, self-acceptance, leadership development and healthy choices.

The one•n•ten Y.E.S Program will further enhance our existing programs and services through one-on-one mentorship opportunities with a caring professional adult. The value of mentoring is immeasurable and will assist and support the youth in the areas of: educational support, life skills and resiliency, workforce development, and personal growth. At its most basic level, the one•n•ten mentoring program will guarantee that our youth participants have someone supportive in their lives that care about them.

Minimum Mentor Requirements:

  • Desire to make a profound difference in the life of a young person
  • Willingness to spend a few hours per month with one’s mentee, a minimum of three times a month for one year
  • The ability to pass a criminal, child welfare, and motor vehicle background check
  • Successful completion of initial interview, reference check and (1)six hour preliminary training session
  • Willingness to participate in monthly group mentor/mentee activities in addition to monthly on-going training sessions