The Circle

the-circleWhat if there were a place to truly connect with someone?
A constructive social circle to join? What if this circle was centered around the needs of each individual youth?

The Circle is an inclusive youth mentoring program designed to give young people the confidence to achieve more. The Circle pairs youth with positive, understanding adults who encourage them to find strength from within.

Founded on the belief that people are empowered through consistent and supportive relationships, this program is focused on young people who have experienced the pain of discrimination, poverty, and marginalization. They deserve to have greater opportunities, and they deserve mentors who see the strength and talent within them.

Mentors in The Circle encourage youth to find their voice. They are advocates and allies. Some mentors have experienced similar challenges and barriers themselves, and now want to volunteer to be the kind of person they needed when they were younger.

Young people can join The Circle if they want a mentor in their life, are aged 10-18, and identify with some of the following:

  • marginalization based race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation
  • economic adversity
  • difficulty in the education system
  • violence in the home or in the community
  • history of involvement with child welfare
  • contact with the police (for minor offenses)
  • mental health issues such as substance abuse, depression, anxiety, abuse, self-harm
  • unhealthy domestic or romantic relationship

Mentoring can then begin in a variety of ways, depending on the needs and desires of the youth person. Youth can casually meet in a group setting and determine if there is a connection with a volunteer or be presented with one-to-one mentoring options. Information is collected through conversations and questionnaires to make solid match suggestions, but ultimately the choice belongs to each young person. The match is focused on the youth’s interests and needs, and supported by incredible service delivery staff who care deeply about fostering healthy relationships. Once matched, mentors spend regular time with their mentees over the course of one or more years together.

If you’re interested in volunteering apply today and choose “The Circle” on your application.