Bright Beginnings Young Parent Mentoring program consists of one-to-one mentoring for pregnant and parenting youth and young adults. Young people are matched with caring, supportive adult mentors for one year or more. Mentors contact the parent weekly by phone and have in-person visits two times per month. Goals for mentees include participation in all well-baby check-ups and continuing their education. Mentors assist with these goals and help the parent access community resources.
Once per quarter the mentors and mentees attend a workshop that involves goal setting, arts and crafts, recreation and learning from a community speaker or staff about a life skill or parenting topic chosen by the mentees. Mentors typically provide mentees transportation to the workshops. Mentees receive case management support from staff, a caring relationship with a mentor, and peer support.
Participants who are expecting or parenting youth ages 12-22 years old. The program is voluntary but a minimum of one-year commitment is requested.
This program is free to participants.
Email questions and referrals to our Parent Support Services Manager or call 612.877.7830. Please send faxes to 612.617.0193. To make a referral, please complete our Youth Services Referral Form.
Currently have a mentor? Contact our Mentor Specialist at 612.242.6834 (call/text) or message our FamilyWise Mentoring Facebook page!
In addition to passing a background check and completing training, all FamilyWise mentors must adhere to the following principles in their conduct with mentees:
- Personal desire and commitment to be involved with another person for a one-year commitment.
- Respect for individuals and for their right to make their own choices in life.
- Ability to empathize with another person’s struggles.
- Ability to see solutions and opportunities as well as barriers.
- Flexibility and openness.
To become a mentor to a young parent, email our Volunteer Coordinator or call 612.877.7826. Please send faxes to 612.617.0193.