Youth Mentoring

With hundreds of youth in Pima County losing a loved one to violence each year, there is a huge need for adult survivors who can mentor and support youth as they grieve. In partnership with One on One mentoring, we work to provide positive influences and role models for youth who are grieving the murder of a loved one and to show them that there is hope & support.

Why do we need mentors?

Mentors and mentoring programs can be tremendous supports to young people in grief. 

(Mentoring Resource Center Fact Sheet, U.S. Dept. of Education)

Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking.

(Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)

Who we mentor?

We mentor children between 5-17 years old who have lost a loved one to homicide. This includes youth whose:

  • Parent(s), guardian(s), or relative(s) were murdered
  • Loved one was killed in a vehicular homicide (DUI)
  • Loved one’s case is now an unsolved homicide
  • Loved one was murdered in another state or many years ago

Who can be a mentor?

A mentor in our program must be at least 18-years old with a valid social security card. They must be a survivor (someone who has lost a loved one to homicide).

For the safety of our mentees, each prospective mentor must go through a fingerprint clearance screening process that includes a background check that is conducted by an independent professional agency.

WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A MENTOR?

After being approved as a mentor, we ask all mentors to attend a training facilitated by One on One Mentoring and Homicide Survivors. We will facilitate supervised programs and offer a variety of low-cost activities for mentors and mentees.

The commitment is for one year and is renewable if both mentor and mentee request to continue their participation.

WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A MENTOR?

If you are ready to become a mentor and would like to learn more about the program, please fill out the form with your information and type “Become a mentor” in message section followed by any questions or concerns you may have.

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