School-Based Group Mentoring in Redwood City
Volunteer mentors provide students facing multiple challenges with encouragement and guidance as they navigate the crucial transition from middle school to high school.
The Friends for Youth Connect mentoring program matches students in small groups during the school day supported by Friends for Youth staff. Sessions focus on goal-setting, school engagement, decision making, and healthy life-skills and activities. The focus is on academic success and skill development, leading up to high school graduation, and encouraging positive, productive futures.
Connect currently serves 8th grade students at Hoover Community School and McKinley Institute of Technology, as well as 9th and 10th grade students at Sequoia High School.
How it Works
Students meet with mentors once a week and work on overcoming challenges and reaching their goals. Groups read inspiring books, go on enriching field trips, and have discussions in a fun and trusting environment. Mentors also offer support to students outside of class. Breakfast and lunch are also provided to the students, many of whom would not have a full meal otherwise.
Who We Serve
The students in our Connect program have been identified as being challenged as they make the crucial transition from middle school to high school. Many of these diverse students come from single-parent households and face many challenges. Coupled with economic stress and limited resources, many struggle academically due to behavioral and emotional mental health issues, learning difficulties, and a lack of adult support networks.