Think back: when you were young, who cared about you? Helped you deal with day to day challenges? Rooted for you?
Many of you will say a family member, a teacher, a friend.
Mentoring is important because it guarantees a child the opportunity to connect with someone who can offer guidance, support, and care; who serves as a role model and can help in times of trouble.
MISSSEY is the lead agency in the Alameda County CSEC Mentoring & Outreach Project, a comprehensive approach to engaging mentor volunteers and commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) or at-risk youth in a year-long mentoring program. Our program strives to give to CSEC youth what you may have had while growing up: positive relationships with adults who model good choices and healthy behavior. Our partnership with Girls Inc. and the Mentoring Center links youth with adults in the community who can provide them with advice and emotional support.
The main objective of the Mentoring Program is to increase opportunities for CSEC to build healthy, supportive adult relationships that help them transition into healthier situations and lifestyles.
Mentors participate in a rigorous 20-hour training program prior to being matched with a youth. The training program allows potential mentors to grasp the trauma experienced by youth who have been exploited as well as the nature of the commitment they will be making if matched. Mentors also receive additional support to maintain their long-term engagement and to ensure retention for the minimum one-year term.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please fill out the Volunteer Signup form here and someone will follow up with you.
Click here for our referral form.