Full-time, paid Advocate Mentors ensure lasting relationships and program fidelity. We choose to work with the most vulnerable children and their families one-on-one and face-to-face from kindergarten all the way through their high school graduation. Each mentor works with 8 children, 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year.
Youth who had a mentor showed a better attitude towards school
Regular meetings between mentor and student saw that youth were:
46% less likely to use drugs
27 less likely to drink
81% more likely to participate in extracurricular activities
Long-term mentoring combined with family and child advocacy is even more effective in the long run showing a high graduation rate, lower involvement with the juvenile justice system, and lower teen pregnancy rates.
Champion: One who stands in the valley or gap.
Our name uses the Hebrew word ‘champion,’ defined as “one who stands in the valley or gap.” In many ways, this is what we do for the children and families we serve – stand in the gap and provide resources and opportunities for them to get to the other side.