We are building a network of supportive volunteer mentors to help young adults achieve their goals. We are building Connections for LIFE.
We provide a safe, nurturing, and fun atmosphere to foster a sense of hope and belonging in LIFE Project participants. The LIFE (Learning Independence From Experience) Project promotes self-confidence and self-sufficiency for youth aging out of the foster care system by providing independent living housing options and skills development for youth ages 18 to 21. Learn more.
We are seeking Connections for LIFE Mentors who:
Are warm and accepting, good listeners and natural "connectors," and are willing to get out of their comfort zone.
Spend 6-8 hours a month with young adults who have aged out of the foster care system.
Commit to being part of a diverse group of caring, committed, and open-minded volunteers for a minimum of one year.
Participate in group events to help develop natural connections with mentees.
Engage in intensive training and support.
Rather than assigning a mentor to a young adult, we encourage them to develop a natural connection through participation in our group activieis and events. By connecting young adults aging out of foster care with dedicated and caring adults, we are empowering them to thrive and reach their potential, while promoting self-confidence and self-sufficiency.
Connections for LIFE Mentors must:
Be 25 years or older.Complete an application, background check and drug screen.
Commit to at least one year of mentoring.
Participate in required trainings prior to and during the program.
Connections for LIFE is a great way to get to know former foster youth and provide them with the support they need to be successful, independent adults.
I'd like more information.
I'm ready to connect! What happens next?
Contact Kate Faggella-Luby.
Complete the required volunteer application, background check, drug screen and TB test.
Participate in an individual interview.
Participate in bi-monthly group activities.
The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative created a public service announcement (PSA) about what it's like to age out of foster care. Watch Success Beyond 18 to learn more.
The Huffington Post published the article, Aging Out of Foster Care: The Costs of Doing Nothing Affects Us All. Read to learn more.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with
ACH Child and Family Services.
We value the impact of volunteers within our organization to help us fulfill our mission to protect children and preserve families.
We welcome you to attend a Learning Lunch or participate in one of our group volunteer activities.