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Building Futures Mentoring Program

Building Futures Mentoring ProgramTherapeutic Mentoring2013 National Mentoring SummitJanuary 25, 2013

Past and PresentBuilding Futures Mentoring Program founded in San Francisco in 1992Conceptualized that trained volunteers could be effective working in a therapeutic relationshipUtilizes a volunteer work forceEmploys trained therapist as program coordinatorCurrently serving children in six states (Arizona, California, Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland, and Tennessee)Served over 1,500 children last yearExpanding to be in 38 states by the end of 2013

2Therapeutic Mentoring| YMCA of San FranciscoWhat is Therapeutic Mentoring?Therapeutic Mentoring: Utilizing a curriculum drawing on core principles of family, child and adolescent therapy, adult volunteers are trained to assume clear therapeutic roles with youth in order to move youth from risk to resiliency.

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Therapeutic Mentoring Evidence-Based Mentoring PracticesMental Health Professionals or Master level counselors and social workers are responsible for recruiting, screening, training, supporting and monitoring volunteer mentors

A highly intensive protocol for matching mentors with youth based on similar interests and temperaments

A comprehensive 5 week 15-hour mentor training curriculum incorporating principles of family, child & adolescent therapy

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Therapeutic Mentoring Evidence-Based Mentoring PracticesTracking progress of personalized growth plans for youth and families

Ongoing clinical support for mentors

Supporting mentee/mentor engagement by organizing meaningful activities including educational outings, community service events, and mentee to work days

Check-in monthly with parent(s) and youth to monitor match progress and adherence to program policy

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Building Futures Family Support ProgramClinical Case Management In-home supportFamily growth plansMonthly parent education and support groupsGroup interaction activities Nutrition and Healthy Living Options6|Therapeutic Mentoring| YMCA of San Francisco

Outcomes7| Therapeutic Mentoring| YMCA of San Francisco

Improved youth connectedness to families and schools

2) Increased youth connectedness to community and employment opportunities

3) Increased opportunities for non-familial adults to develop healthy relationships with community youth.

4) Decreased feelings of social isolation of parents

5) Increased awareness of community resources and parenting techniquesBuilding FUTURES MENTOR TRAININGBy the end of five weeks, mentors will:Understand a Therapeutic Mentoring Relationship Develop Effective Communication SkillsUnderstand Theories of ChangeUnderstand How Certain Issues Impact Youth Become More Culturally Competent

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Evidence-Based to Human-Based

Visualization Exercise Thank YouJennifer Kriebl, MSWWesley Chip Rich, MS, MFTYMCA OF San Francisco415.561.0631ymcasf.org /urban

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