ATEEM stands for Adolescents in Transition to Education and Employment through Mentoring
ATEEM is a relatively new program that provides foster youth with a mentor: a role model and sounding-board who will spend at least a year with their mentee, bringing stability and consistency to a life that so often features neither of these vital components. ATEEM includes foster youth aged 12-21, with the main objective of battling the low graduation rates for youth in the foster care system.
To provide emotional, motivational, and academic support for at-risk youth through a community of trained adult mentors who are committed to seeing them succeed.
We will help our youth gain the life skills necessary to become contributing members of society.
- Assist youth to establish and fulfill goals they have set for their education or vocation.
- Empower youth by helping them recognize their unique qualities and talents.
- Connect with youth and convey the message, “You are worth my time and effort.”
- Encourage youth by sharing their personal goals, values and experiences.
To Mentor a Foster youth:
- Be at least 21 years old.
- Complete an application, including background check.
- Participate in an orientation and a minimum of two trainings per year.
- Make a commitment of 8 hours a month (to hang out with your mentee) for a minimum of 1 year.
How does the Youth Benefit:
- Youth in foster care need guidance and assistance in order to transition successfully into independence and adulthood.
- Youth benefit from a nurturing, supportive adult relationship.
- Mentors provide guidance to youth in achieving goals.
- Mentors access community resources for youth.
- Youth are introduced to positive community events and activities.
- Options and opportunities are enhanced.
- School attendance will improve
- School drop-out rate will decline
- Youth’s self-esteem and self-confidence will improve
- Youth’s ability to resolve conflicts will improve
- Youth will develop new aspirations, skills and interests
- Youth’s sense of community and connectedness will increase
- Youth is less likely to be a victim or perpetrator of a crime or to be involved in teen pregnancy or substance abuse
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