Safe Place for Youth (SPY) serves youth who are combating homelessness or housing insecurity. SPY’s The Mentorship Project is a low-barrier, trauma-informed, mentorship and diversion program where community members mentor youth in order to build a positive, healthy relationship with an adult in their lives.
The program helps high-risk youth build confidence, increase access to education and employment, improve social-emotional well-being and refine skills of independent living in order to prevent recidivism.
"My experience within the mentor program has been very accommodating to my needs. [The Mentorship Coordinator] does a wonderful job assessing my needs and actively engaging in my life to make sure that I have support and assistance with accomplishing my goals. What I enjoy most about this program is the emotional support and comfort I get during this transitional phase in my life."
"The young people we serve at SPY are among the most marginalized, underserved, and at-risk youth in our community. Fleeing abusive home environments or aging out of the foster care system, many of our youth have never had an adult mentor of any kind. Having a reliable, dedicated person to talk to can go along way and we are happy to make those connections possible through this program."