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Building Bridges Mentoring Program

Be a Mentor!
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The Program: Managed by the Youth Bureau with cooperation of Social Services. Goal: Nurture the personal growth of a Washington county youth (ages 7-17) by providing a mentor for guidance, encouragement and friendship of a caring, nonjudgmental adult. Utilize research and strategies of the 40 Developmental Assets from the Search Institute, *www.search-institute.org

Research shows mentoring successfully:

• Increases the self-esteem of young people

• Increases student academic success

• Increases positive social interaction by youth

• Reduces the risk that young people will use illegal drugs

• Reduces the risk that youth will begin using alcohol


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Who needs a Mentor? All children can benefit from positive role models, however many children do not have any in their lives and need someone like you! Search Institute’s studies show only 27% of youth have a positive, adult role model.

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What is a Mentor? A mentor is someone who, along with parents, provides young people with support, counsel, friendship, reinforcement and constructive example. Mentors are good listeners, people who care and people who want to help young people bring out their strengths.


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What does a Mentor do? A mentor helps connect children and youth with resources, safe places and structured activities. Mentors provide a positive role model.

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How much time is required? Mentors and mentees meet 2-4 hours a week for one year. This provides time to develop a consistent, positive, healthy relationship.



Please submit the following forms/items with your application and mail to:
Youth Bureau
383 Broadway
Fort Edward, NY 12828

c/o Tammy Jursza, program coordinator

  -Copies of:
     a) drivers license
     b) vehicle registration and insurance
  -Mentor reference list
  -Driver agreement
  -Release of information
  -Confidentiality policy
  -Model release
Downloadable / printable forms can be found below.

Mentor Application (pdf) Bridges Mentoring Program (pdf)
Mentor Reference List (pdf) Thanks for helping with our March 08 Activity (pdf)
Mentor Driver Agreement (pdf) Mentoring Newsletter
Release of Information (pdf) Alternative Sentencing
Confidentiality Policy (pdf) Youth Bureau
Model Photo Release (pdf)
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