If you are a working professional who wants to make a real difference in a young adult’s life, consider becoming a YYAS Mentor. As a Mentor, you’ll be participating in one of life’s most rewarding and fulfilling experiences: a unique one-on-one mentoring relationship.
The PSS Youth & Young Adult Services is a vital part of the PSS/WSF Grandparent Family Apartments, the first residence built in the U.S. specifically for grandparents raising grandchildren. Many of our youth need exposure to role models they might not otherwise encounter and an adult they can turn to for advice in pursuing their career goals.
As a Mentor, you will help a young adult develop the personal and academic skills and the career awareness needed to succeed in life. Mentors provide guidance on areas such as: staying focused on school, applying for college and financial aid, finding vocational opportunities, applying for internships or part-time work, etc.
Each Mentor is paired up for the academic year with a student who is interested in a career similar to their own. Mentors commit to one initial in-person meeting at the Grandparent Family Apartments, followed up with weekly email/telephone communications, and one in-person visit at the end of the school year. Some coaches may wish to invite their student to visit their workplace at some point during the year. All coaches are screened, trained and helped throughout the entire mentoring period. All youth undergo screening and orientation as well.
As a Mentor you will be rewarded by knowing you will have a significant impact on the future of a young adult. Other additional benefits to you may include:
- Enhancing your professional and personal development
- Gaining satisfaction in sharing your expertise with others
- Helping youth reach their educational potential
- Gaining insights from your student’s background and history
- Networking opportunities with peers, faculty, staff, and others
- Building a sense of community
While mentoring is not the cure-all for the problems facing our young adults and their families, the essence of YYAS is a one-on-one relationship that reinforces their personal self-worth and inspires them to strive for a successful and fulfilling future.
PSS believes with the Young Adults Success Program our youth’s self-esteem and confidence will increase and opportunities taken for granted by other young adults will become common and seem possible to them.
For more information or to learn how you can apply to become a mentor, please contact:
Director of Staff and Volunteer Development
(718) 585-1640 ext. 103