EAC Network’s Chance to Advance mentors — the selfless individuals who build relationships that encourage personal growth — help shape the lives of youth in foster care. The support they provide has been responsible for improving the quality of life of countless young people. This January, in recognition of National Mentoring Month, we salute those mentors of Chance to Advance who give so much to help others.
National Mentoring Month Highlights the Power of Positive Relationships
Since 2002, National Mentoring Month has been celebrated every January to raise public awareness about youth mentorship. It focuses on recognizing the power of relationships and how they can positively impact young lives.
Youth mentoring — the practice of matching responsible adults with young people who could benefit from a positive influence in their lives — has been found to be a true difference-maker for young people.
In social programs across the country, like EAC Network’s Chance to Advance, youth mentors are helping to shape the next generation.
A Chance to Advance Success Story
My name is Cordero and I joined the Chance to Advance Program approximately 6 years ago. I attended their summer camp and they introduced me to mentoring. I was residing in a group home and was nervous they would not be able to pair me with someone nice because of my age. Not too long later they introduced me to Edward.
Edward is a lawyer and informed me he wanted to mentor and would be excited to be my mentor. Edward took me out to eat, museums, movies, to New York City, and the EAC Holiday Shopping Spree. In addition, he taught me a lot of things. He inspired me to finish high school and apply for college although I have a learning disability.
I have now moved out of the group home and I reside with my grandmother. I have taken a hobby of playing guitar and I volunteer and read to kids. I just started a job at Home Depot and EAC is assisting me with my college education at Suffolk Community College.
Our Youth Mentors Make a Difference Daily
Chance to Advance, one of EAC Network’s many Children & Youth Services programs, focuses on reducing risk factors for youth in foster care by promoting life skills and enrichment through:
- One-on-one mentoring
- Educational activities
- Recreational activities
- Group activities
- College and vocational coaching
Our mentors are matched with young people who are between the ages of 8 and 21 to serve as positive role models. The goal is to have them intervene and bring about meaningful change to the lives of young people who are at a higher risk of incarceration, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and other personal issues.
Support EAC Network’s Chance to Advance
EAC Network is a diverse social service agency that is dedicated to Empowering, Assisting, and Caring for individuals in need across the Long Island and New York City area with innovative programs like Chance to Advance and more than 100 others.
This National Mentoring Month, support our mission to improve the quality of life for the community’s most vulnerable children, youth, families, and seniors.