Camas, WA ~ serving Clark County
T.R.A.C.life is a mentoring program specifically supporting a Teen Reach Adventure Camp. It provides the opportunity for campers to continue the relationship they started at camp with a trusted and caring adult throughout the year. Not every camper will necessarily be paired with a mentor but where the staff person is available to take on this additional volunteer commitment with a camper who desires the relationship, this program provides supervision and oversight. Volunteers must attend additional training to participate, have increased background checks performed and are required to report on each visit within 24 hours to the director of the program who is in contact with guardians and case-workers.
Studies have shown that mentoring makes a difference. Statistics vary on what percentage of homeless and prison population are made up of people who were in the foster care system but no one disputes the fact that the percentage is significantly reduced when there is a caring mentor involved. Youth are more likely to attend school, graduate high school and even go on to college. They are less likely to get involved with drugs. They make better career choices because mentors help them think about the future with hope and help them learn how to make plans and execute on them.
Things Mentors Do
All mentor visit activities must include a purpose to help the mentee grow in one of the following areas:
Regular mentor visits are kept to a minimal cost and the expenses are covered by fundraising activities. This program is completely free to the mentee. Every camper application has a check box to indicate interest on the part of the camper's case-worker or guardian to participate in the mentorship program.
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