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This presentation provides an overview of Friends for Youth's Mentoring Services and Mentoring Institute for attendees at the Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

This presentation provides an overview of Friends for Youth's Mentoring Services and Mentoring Institute for attendees at the Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

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  • Mentoring Services and Mentoring Institute Sarah Kremer, ATR-BCProgram Director, Mentoring Institute © 2012 Friends for Youth, Inc.
  • My Mentor by Karla Sagastume, mentee matched in 2000The day you walked into my houseI had a great feeling that my life would stop falling apart.I could not wait for our friendship to start.The memories began to roll and soon our hard shells began to break away.We were not afraid to speak our minds or tell what was in our hearts.My mentor, my friend, the one I can confide in.She’ll help me if I’m in a jam and need a helping hand.She’s the award of the year, the first prize, the one of gold.The priceless gift of friendship that she gives.My mentor has changed my life.From now until 4ever.My mentor is my 4ever friend.And 4ever has no end. Robin & Karla (2000)
  • Achievements in Field•  33 years of direct service + 14 years of support service•  California Governor’s Mentoring Partnership’s Recommended Best Practices contributor•  Executive Director named Mentoring Expert in California•  Included on California Evidence-Based Clearninghouse for Child Welfare with scientific rating of 3 out of 5•  Winner 2008 NMM ReelPeople Project - Jennifer & Iliana•  13 years of annual mentoring conferences•  Mentoring Consultants for CARS, MENTOR, NMC, MANY•  MENTOR’s National Working Group on Accreditation•  Summer Institute of Youth Mentoring at Portland State University technical assistance provider•  Handbook on Youth Mentoring (2nd Edition) Chapter Authors
  • •  Our vision: Transforming lives through the power of mentoring relationships•  Our mission: Creating quality mentoring relationships for youth who need them most•  Our uniqueness: direct services and technical assistance
  • ProgramsMentoring Services Mentoring Institute creates and disseminates sustains information to the community-based, mentoring long-term one-to- community on safe one relationships and effective since 1979 practices since 1998
  • Mentoring ServicesJunior Friends " •  8 - 17 years old" •  San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties" •  Referred by youth professionals" •  Identified as needing positive, supportive adult & at risk of not reaching full potential because of challenges in community, family, or school environment" •  Parent support & voluntary participation mandatory"
  • Mentoring ServicesSenior Friends " •  22+ years old" •  Live/work in or near San Mateo/Santa Clara Counties" •  Desire to make difference in life of young person" •  Able to make 2-3 hours per week commitment for 1 year" •  Successfully completes application process"
  • Mentoring ServicesFriendships " •  1:1 or 2:1 matches" •  Average 2-3 hours/ week for 1 year" •  Meet on own time in community with variety of activities" •  Program Coordinators monitor Friendship (20-25 matches max)" •  3-month & 12-month Reviews, incl. parents" •  4 group activities" –  Recreational" –  Learning/Academic" –  Community Service" –  Life Skill Workshop" •  1 Senior Friend Group" •  Mentoring Journals!
  • Friends for Youth’s Impact•  Over 1,900 matches•  88% overall success rate of mentors and mentees reaching one year together•  Intensive screening and assessment for both mentors and mentees•  Extensive contacts by Program Coordinator•  Subsidized activities provided by program•  Mentee Evaluation outcomes –  Developed by Cindy Sipe, Ph.D. and new evaluation by Roger Jarjoura, Ph.D. –  Over 10 years of data on matches
  • 5 Outcome Areas•  Increase in involvement in school (attendance, truancy, attitude, grades, suspensions)•  Reduce risk behaviors (drug/alcohol use, police involvement, probation)•  Increase positive behaviors (community service, new activities)•  Increase opportunities to influence future potential (office visits, talking about college & career with adult)•  Improve self-concept (trusting relationships, self- assuredness, self-reliance, handle unexpected problems)
  • ProductsTrainingsConferenceCoalitionsNetworking
  • Products ORDER ONLINE
  • Products "One of the most comprehensive and scholarly publications that addresses the need to insure maximum protection for individuals involved in mentoring programs. The document will serve well to guide professionals$25 in the field of mentoring.” Susan Weinberger, Dr. Mentor
  • Products“Friends for Youth’s Mentoring Journal is themost sophisticated and creative tool I’veseen for structuring and documenting the lifeof a match. When fully utilized by mentors,the Mentoring Journal appears to provide aflexible, fun, and engaging mentoring activity,especially for older teens with whom it can bequite difficult to establish a connection. Withsufficient training, support, andencouragement from program staff in its use,the Mentoring Journal may prove to be avaluable resource for community and school-based matches alike.”Michael Karcher, Ed.D., Ph.D. $20 - $28/set
  • Webinars"•  FREE monthly webinar series highlighting important topics•  3rd Thursday•  10 – 11:15 am Pacific Time•  Registration and access to previous webinars onlinehttp://www.friendsforyouth.org/Webinars.html
  • http://www.friendsforyouth.org/Webinars.html
  • Coalition Leadership
  • Networking National " Mentoring " Center"
  • Recommended Best Practices•  Mission Statement and •  Training Curriculum for Long Range Plan Mentors and Mentees•  Recruitment Plan for •  Matching Strategy Mentors and Mentees •  Monitoring Process•  Customized Orientations •  Support, Recognition, and for Mentors and Mentees Retention Component•  Eligibility Screening/ •  Relationship Closure Steps Application Process for •  Evaluation Process Mentors and Mentees
  • •  Mentor screening is applicableResearch to all types of programs, practices, organizations, settings that serve youth –  Provide introduction and access to highly vulnerable children –  Gain trust of parents and legitimize relationship
  • “ A percentage of predators will target child-service groups because they provide access to samples of highly vulnerable children and often there are opportunities for isolated access. Many of these children have already been molested, making them more vulnerable to the predator.” Dr. Perry Sirota
  • Case StudyKenneth Lanning, FBI behavior analyst, says those leading double lives, especially sex offenders, can become quiteadept at compartmentalizing their behavior. “The person may looknormal: have a job, work hard, go to church. The indicators arethings the average person is not trained to recognize.”
  • You are not Case Study theKenneth Lanning, FBI behavior average analyst, says those leading double lives, especially sex person! offenders, can become quiteadept at compartmentalizing their behavior. “The person may looknormal: have a job, work hard, go to church. The indicators arethings the average person is not trained to recognize.”
  • * Visual representation only
  • Case Study•  01/11 Baltimore, MD B-Moor Youth •  11/09 Grand Rapids, MI Public School Services Executive Director mentor/advocate•  12/10 Monterey, CA BBBS mentor •  11/09 St. Paul, MN Public School•  10/10 Baltimore, MD Friendship coach/mentor •  10/09 Buffalo, NY caseworker/mentor Academy mentor (registered sex offender)•  08/10 Franklin, NJ residential home •  08/09 Lakeland, FL church mentor counselor/mentor (female) (informal)•  08/10 Mobile, AL Mobile Youth •  07/09 Tulsa, OK Big Brothers Big Advocate Program mentor Sisters mentor•  05/10 Bartow, FL career mentor •  06/09 San Diego, CA church minister/•  02/10 Danbury, CT Jericho music teacher/volunteer Partnership Executive Director •  01/08 Nashville, TN Big Pal Little Pal•  01/10 DC Peaceaholics Counselor/ •  12/06 Boulder, CO Boulder County Mentor Partners mentor
  • Purpose•  Keep perpetrators from becoming mentors to prevent youth from becoming abused•  Not to “prove” or investigate – just prevent from entering program•  If applicant has numerous items of concern in process or staff has elevated sense of unease, may want to contact local law enforcement
  • Inconsistencies No EB or across agencies Patchwork of mandated state/federal standards statutes Pressure to Errors in conceal databases ~90% Clearance may unreported not indicate incidents safety Challenges Low priority: lawDenial to enforcement agencies
  • Balance is Critical Match numbers Safe mentors Explain risk Explain rewardsCautious attitude Open attitudeThorough process Timely completion
  • •  Significant ethical problemsResearch: to conduct and potentiallyPerpetrators violate confidentiality •  Borrow from related allied fields: psychology, social work, education, youth development
  • Perpetrators•  Diverse in socio-economic background, level of education, religious preference, ethnic heritage, and age•  90% are men; number of women growing but still perceived differently•  Cannot be identified by comparison to profile or checklist or criminal background check•  Most recommendations based on prevalence of male perpetrators who sexually abuse boys
  • Perpetrators: Some General Characteristics•  Seek as many opportunities to have access to youth of specific preferences•  Feel misunderstood and discriminated by society•  Rationalize act by emphasizing positive impact on child•  Relate better to children, including listening•  Talk to children as if equal partners
  • Perpetrators: Some General This is not Characteristics•  a checklist! Seek as many opportunities to have access to youth of specific preferences•  Feel misunderstood and discriminated by society•  Rationalize act by emphasizing positive impact on child•  Relate better to children, including listening•  Talk to children as if equal partners
  • Dynamics of the Abuse “Grooming” community/family/agency•  Becoming known and trusted•  Parents chosen for being vulnerable and lonely, too•  May “discount” what is seen, heard, felt•  Parents may not want to end relationship even after abuse is revealed
  • Dynamics of the Abuse “Grooming” child•  Develops relationship to win trust, become indispensable, isolate, and then approach for sexual contact•  May involve threats, bribes, trickery•  Usually involves progression of touching, alcohol/drugs, pornography•  Child may receive pleasure or other benefit from perpetrator
  • Case StudiesOprah.com:Conversation with ChildMolesters, Winter 2010 YouTube: Chicken Hawk: Men Who Love Boys, 1994
  • Red Flags:Under-Involvement with Adults Examples: •  Upon examinations, adult connections are superficial •  Lack of adult dating experiences or relationships •  Difficulty providing references that know him/her well
  • One red flag Red≠Flags: perpetratorUnder-Involvement with Adults Look for Examples: patterns •  Upon examinations, adult connections are superficial •  Lack of adult dating experiences or relationships •  Difficulty providing references that know him/her well
  • Research: •  None found to evaluateTools & effectiveness of screeningProcesses and monitoring practices •  Use research on perpetrators and practitioner knowledge (also Evidence- Based)
  • HighlyRecommended Written " materials"by Research:Creating Informed" Intuition" External "Holistic Final" documents" Decision"PortraitofApplicant Observations" Impressions"
  • Recommended Screening Tools/ ProcessesThroughout entire cycle of volunteer’s contact with agency•  Program Design•  Preparing Mentees and Parents/Guardians•  Volunteer Recruitment•  Application Process•  Post-match
  • SIYM Special Order SAFE online at www.mentoringinstitute.org and use promo code SAFEMENTOR to receive 20% off!
  • 2013: SAFE-certified Training Project •  Open to Technical Assistance providers •  2-day training with expert presenters •  Receive all workshop materials •  Receive discounts on future SAFE copies for workshops
  • The relationship isthe intervention. Johnston, 2005
  • www.mentoringinstitute.org 650-559-0200 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-for-Youth/ 105093182858863 http://twitter.com/friendsforyouth http://www.friendsforyouth.blogspot.com/ http://www.youtube.com/user/FriendsforYouthOrg