STEP UP Mentoring

OBJECTIVES:  Prevent gang membership and association. Reduce truant behavior; reduce/eliminate new criminal offenses. Assist the youth in completing academic requirement for high school diploma, GED or vocational program. Create opportunities for educational experiences. Expose the youth to experiences that open and enrich their minds and change their perspective of life and life opportunities. Provide stable and positive role models to encourage and reinforce constructive     perspectives and philosophies.

MISSION:  To provide a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support, and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the youth. Through shared activities, a mentor encourages positive choices, promotes high self-esteem, supports academic achievement and introduces youth to new ideas and possibilities.

ROLE OF THE MENTOR:   A mentor is a caring adult who devotes time to a young person. Mentors understand they are not meant to replace the role of a parent, guardian or teacher. A mentor is not a disciplinary or decision maker for a child. A mentor echoes positive values and cul- tural heritage parents and guardians ae teaching. A mentor is part of a team of caring adults. A mentor encourages the development of a flexible relationship that responds to the mentor's skills and interest and the youth's needs. Mentors will require to commit a minimum of two hours per week for a minimum of nine months.

Our goal is to have youth STEP UP and out of the life circumstances that limit their options.  STEP UP Mentors help youth reach their potential through a weekly, 9 month, group mentoring program for youth ages 11-14 years old.  It is designed for youth who display early signs of some of the following high risk behaviors:

  • Truancy issues
  • Lack of positive role models
  • Negative peer influences
  • Struggling Academically
  • Substance abuse
  • Gang association


For Youth  - Boys and Girls (ages 11-14) who exhibit 1 or more high risk behaviors


  • 9 month program (mid-February to mid-March
  • Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 PM
  • Voluntary participation


Youth learn to set goals, meet new friends, go on field trip to explore careers and have fun, and learn life skills for success.  This program is a voluntary program for youth who display some of the following risk factors for gang involvement: truancy issues, struggling academically, lack of positive role models, negative peer influences, family management issues, substance abuse.

Field Trip Examples:

  • Giants game
  • Alcatraz
  • Bon Fire in Carmel
  • 6 Flags Great America


Workshops:

  • Empathy
  • Team Building
  • Social Skills
  • Communication Skills