McDowell County Mentoring Program strives to capitalize on the strengths of youth who are considered high risk and allow them opportunities and resources in order to achieve their goals, be successful and reach their full potential.
School-Based Mentoring operates primarily on a school campus. We provide strength-based interactions and support to youth. This model is adapted from both community and school-based models since it works with the youth throughout the year and involves both school-based meetings and community activities. We strive to develop and maintain positive and supportive relationships with mentors and mentees.
Catholic Charities West Virginia’s school based mentoring program is designed to further the development of youth with potential to thrive personally and as active citizens, but may lack the resources and support vital to that development.
This program was developed with a sub-grant from Catholic Charities USA’s National Mentoring Grant through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and in partnership with Reconnecting McDowell.
Catholic Charities WV Mentoring is largely based on programming developed by the George Washington University Hamilton Fish Institute.
The youth we serve are considered “at risk” either by their own behavior or by the situation in which they live. They have shown perseverance and exhibited the ability to thrive despite their circumstances. These youth have the potential for a bright and successful future to become well-rounded and contributing adult members of society. They need committed support. They need positive adult role-models. They need YOU.
Catholic Charities WV’s mentoring coordinator will be on site at all times during the mentoring sessions, activities, field trips and service projects. The role of this coordinator is to provide guidance and support to mentors and mentees in several different ways: