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 parents themselves) 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

Year-Long Relationship

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. (Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have moved over to virtual programming)

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 ypp@layc-dc.org. Eligible volunteers will be invited for a brief orientation. Please direct any questions to that email address, or contact the YPP team at 202-768-8017 for more information. 

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.