Community Solutions' Mentoring Academy
The CS Mentoring Academy is a therapeutic one-to-one and small group (1-3) program designed to serve youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health needs. CS employs trained men and women who specialize in teaching the skills necessary for long-term success in school, community and family such as:
- Listening and communication skills
- Anger management and conflict resolution
- Frustration tolerance
- Daily living and independent living skills
- Raising expectations and setting personal goals
- Healthy interactions with family members
- Age appropriate social functioning
“The best teacher is not the one who knows most but the one who is most capable of reducing knowledge to that simple compound of the obvious and wonderful.”
A successful mentoring experience should facilitate a mentee’s development by providing an opportunity to learn new skills in a safe environment underpinned by relationship-based support. A key to success is a quality mentor that is capable of serving as a resource to mentees and is enthusiastic in guiding their growth. Our mentors are trained professionals who are skilled in the delicate work of building relationships with youth. They come from a variety of backgrounds, that provide them with the broad life experiences necessary to give meaningful advice. Mentors are focused and work within our time-limited programs to develop in youth skills that promote their success and show them the value of seeking out mentors in other areas of their lives.
The CS Mentoring Academy Model is based upon the program model promoted by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). This model is proven to reduce delinquency and antisocial activity while improving school performance. Detailed information is available at the OJJDP website at www.ojjdp.gov.