SENCA Head Start implemented a Head Start Mentoring project to provide opportunities for area youth to become involved in their communities, beginning with the Head Start program.
SENCA's Head Start Youth Mentoring Program continues for the 2009-2010 school year with collaborations with HTRS, Falls City and Auburn public schools. The program began in 2004-2005 with a pilot program at HTRS, adding Falls City 2005-2006 and Auburn in 2006-2007. The strong partnerships we have with our local school systems make the program a success. HTRS Mentors work 2-3 times a week with mentees. Auburn Mentors belong to the Future Business Leaders of America club and visit the center about twice a week. Falls City schools made the youth mentoring program a part of their school curriculum. These students meet daily with the Head Start kids children. All mentors are formally trained and participate in activities that enhance gross motor skills, social and emotional skills, and language skills of the Head Start children. The program assists mentors in developing a sense of competence, a sense of usefulness, a sense of power, and a sense of belonging. This opportunity provides youth the become involved in their communities, beginning with our Head Start program.
The students attending HTRS high school have the option of participating in the Youth Mentoring Program, and the middle school mentors are selected by their school counselor. Auburn mentors are members for their FBLA club, and Falls City Public Schools incorporate the Mentoring Program into their curriculum as an elective.
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