We are the Johnson family. We are seeking funding to start up our non profit organization in Grand Prairie Tx. My background dealing with youth has been years of working in the juvenile system as a correctional officer , Child Protective sector as in investigator and adult parole officer in the criminal system. throughout my career, I have noticed that issues developed in adults has triggered negative life choices because of childhood trauma. We are seeking funding to start up our non-profit organization to start a youth mentorship program in the DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth) to at risk youth who are on the edge of making mistakes in life that can lead to a road of criminal activities. Below is a brief description of why we are seeking funding.
Benefits for Young People
Mentoring is often one component of a program that involves other elements, such as tutoring or life skills training and coaching. The supportive, healthy relationships formed between mentors and mentees are both immediate and long-term and contribute to a host of benefits for mentors and mentees.
Benefits for youth:
- Increased high school graduation rates
- Lower high school dropout rates
- Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices
- Better attitude about school
- Higher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirations
- Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
- Improved behavior, both at home and at school
- Stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers
- Improved interpersonal skills
- Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use
Mentoring can help you as they go through challenging life transitions, including dealing with stressful changes at home or transitioning to adulthood. Close, healthy, supportive relationships between mentors and mentees that last for significant portion of time (i.e., more than one year) are central to success. Without this, mentoring programs run the risk of harming young people who are paired with mentors ill-equipped to meet the mentees' needs. specifically, relationships with mentors that last less than three months; where there is irregular and inconsistent contact; where there is a disconnect between the personalities, interest, and expectations of the mentors and mentees; where mentors are unprepared and lack skills to relate to youth; and where there is no emotional bond between the mentor and mentee have been found to be harmful to youth.
Below is our breakdown of what we need to obtain to get our non-profit started.
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