The mentoring program serves youth, ages 6-17, in Choctaw, McCurtain and Pushmataha Counties. The program’s goal is to pair youth with a caring adult mentor to be a positive influence in their lives. The mentor will provide the youth with additional emotional and academic support as well as exposing them to a variety of activities and experiences they may not otherwise encounter.
Mentors are screened and trained and will commit to a minimum of one year involvement, consisting of monthly encounters and activities with the program.
This is a free program that will make a difference in the lives of the youth and the mentors.
Strengthening Families Program Training
This scientifically tested curriculum:
- Helps parents/caregivers learn nurturing skills that support their children.
- Teaches parents/caregivers how to effectively discipline and guide their youth.
- Gives youth a healthy future orientation and an increased appreciation of their parents/caregivers.
- Teaches youth skills for dealing with stress and peer pressure.
The program address youth risk and protective factors:
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“Thanks to AJ Henslee and Rita with YOUTH FIRST through LIFT CAA and Doris Long for showing my boys a great time Fishing and having a Cookout today. They enjoyed themselves so much. Thank you all for what you do for the Youth!!!! “ Dawn Wilhite