J-Connect Youth Mentoring Program
The J-Connect Program seeks volunteer adults to provide mentoring support to youth at risk, ages 10-17. As a community based mentor, volunteers participate in an application and training process and are then matched to a youth for one year. Volunteer mentors serve as positive role models and engage youth in prosocial activities to help develop life skills. The commitment includes meeting with the youth for two hours or more per week to build a caring relationship that will support positive youth development and engagement in prosocial activities. Volunteer mentors will also have contact with parents and other community providers as related to youth advocacy. Family ReEntry staff support volunteer mentors by ensuring match connectivity and to collaborate around youth needs. Through the mentoring relationship, youth have the opportunity to enhance interpersonal skills, develop positive coping strategies, and work on goals that will lead to better youth outcomes. This program operates throughout Fairfield County and serves youth involved with the Bridgeport and Stamford Juvenile Court districts.