The Young Parents Program (YPP) is now recruiting volunteer mentors for its current and upcoming Parenting Journey and Prenatal cohorts. YPP is a program that empowers young parents to pursue healthy lifestyles and become acquainted with the rewards and realities of being a parent. The Young Parents Program seeks adults (preferably mothers and fathers) to mentor participants in the Family-to-Family Mentoring Program and help young parents navigate the challenging and rewarding life of being a parent. Some benefits of volunteering as a mentor include: an opportunity to be a positive role model, develop a relationship with a young parent or family, share both the rewards and realities of parenthood, and instill confidence in young parents. The minimum requirements to volunteer with the YPP Mentorship Program are: volunteers must be at least 18 years old and older, attend a short orientation and at least two events throughout the duration of the cohort, provide a character reference before the start of the cohort, be open and honest in sharing parenting experiences with mentees, discuss mentee concerns with Parent Educator/Case Manager as needed, and preferably be a parent or head of household.

DATES

Starting July 2017

TIMES

Cohorts meet weekdays in the afternoon. Events are TBD, but may take place on a weekend.

LOCATION

LAYC Anchor site, 1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington DC 20009 or nearby event locations.

VOLUNTEER COMMITMENT

Must be at least 18 years old to mentor. Must attend orientation and two events throughout duration of cohort (12-13 weeks).

HOW TO APPLY

Interested volunteers should submit a complete application and a brief paragraph expressing their interest and availability to Angela Townsend at angelat@layc-dc.org. Eligible volunteers will be invited for a brief orientation.

YPP Mentor Application Form

REQUIRED CLEARANCES

Selected volunteers will be required to complete a series of detailed background checks, including, but not limited to local/federal background check, fingerprint clearance, Child Protective Registry check, and a search on the National Sex Offender Registry. They will also need to sign a statement of confidentiality and provide a character reference before the start of the cohort.