The Children’s Village President and CEO Dr. Jeremy Kohomban testified before the NYC Council’s Committee on Juvenile Justice on September 21. Citing research and frontline experience, his testimony highlighted the critical need for family engagement to the long-term success of youth involved with the justice system. Dr. Kohomban concluded with three specific recommendations. More Info
Become a Mentor
One positive adult relationship is sometimes the missing link for at-risk youth to become successful. Mentoring is an opportunity for you to develop a long-term, one-on-one relationship with a youth who is in need of a role model, friend and caring adult. Open up new worlds for a young person by taking him/her to a baseball game or museum, helping to write a poem or knit a hat, or taking him/her fishing for the first time. You might encourage your mentee to aim for college, introduce the world of work, or listen to his/her dreams, hopes, and fears.
Minimum age for a mentor is 21. Mentors are expected to spend approximately ten hours per month with their mentee for at least one year.
Mentors are matched with youth ages 7+ based on common interests, compatibility, geographic proximity, and youth needs.
• Meet with their mentees for a minimum of 10 hours per month for at least one year
• Are role models and positive influences
• Are respectful of each youth’s life experience
• Set and enforce clear limits and boundaries
• Relate to youth from different backgrounds
• Are patient and able to deal with challenges
• Have a sense of humor