Champions Mentoring Program

The Champions Mentoring Program is a nationally recognized mentoring program which has been operating within the greater Bridgeport area since 2003. It was initially funded in part by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau. However, the program is currently funded through private funders and donations. Champions is a school-based mentoring model serving children (ages 6-17) that are impacted by the incarceration of a parent or close family member. Adult volunteers engage in weekly one-to-one mentoring at the child’s school to provide a supportive relationship and assist in facilitating positive youth development. Mentors engage children in various activities such as games, arts & crafts, academics, shared reading, and discussing mutual interests. Through these relationships, children can develop personal skills, explore goals, weigh consequences and feel supported.
Over 2 million children in the U.S are currently experiencing parental incarceration; these children may be 6 to 7 times more likely to be incarcerated in their lifetime. Champions is a critical support for these children and their families.

Are you interested in volunteering as a mentor?  Can you sponsor a child or make a program donation?  Would you like to refer a child or teen?

For more information, please contact:

Tina Banas
Clinical Director/Director Youth and Family Services, Youth Programs