Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau (LAYSB) is offering two fantastic opportunities for adults to volunteer with youths.
A “Hidden Hero” is a mystery match pen pal program linking youths to caring adults for the 2012-2013 school year. Adult “Hidden Heroes” write letters to youth at least once a month. The letters can contain information about yourself (as long as the youth cannot identify you) or anything that would be encouraging/supportive, for example, a poem, quote, story, your thoughts, etc. Youths do not find out the identity of their adult match until the reveal party held in May, only the excitement of opening up a message each month. Youth will feel valued, encouraged and supported.
You can also become a mentor in the “Making Connection Mentoring Program” where you have an opportunity to build a positive and encouraging relationship with youths between the ages of 10-17. Mentors meet with their mentee two times a month for a minimum of six months according to a schedule determined by the mentor/mentee.
Good candidates to be mentors are adults who can be a positive role model, want to connect with youths in the community, are patient and willing to listen and like to have fun.
LAYSB believes that volunteers are a very important part of their programs. Because of this, a screening process has been developed for all potential volunteers. They will provide you with all the training and support that you will need to make a positive impact.
They are also seeking youths for these two programs.
For more information or to request a volunteer application, contact Andria Flaherty at Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau at 651-464-3685 or firstname.lastname@example.org.