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FAITH IN FATHERS PROGRAM

Our Faith in Fathers program is an answered prayer for children who are on the path to grow up without fathers.

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REACH FOR THE STARS MENTORING PROGRAM

The school-based program matches 2nd-5th grade students at Mrs. Eddie Jones West Shreveport Elementary School with mentors. We seek to cultivate mentors from within the child’s community through recruitment, screening, training, monitoring, and evaluation. Reach For The Stars Mentoring Program provides educational, social and mentoring opportunities to enhance the academic performance, social, and community connections of the West Shreveport Elementary School students.

Matches meet on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between the hours of 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM for 1 hour a week. The program provides ongoing support and oversight of the mentoring relationship to ensure that young people receive appropriate support and benefit from the mentor match. Outcomes for each participating youth are measured by such factors as academic achievement, school attendance, length of mentoring relationship and avoidance of risky behaviors.

REACH FOR THE STARS MENTORING CHILDREN OF PRISONERS

The community based program matches children who have a parent incarcerated in a local, state or federal correctional facility. Children between the ages of 4 and up to 18 years of age, with one or more incarcerated parents are eligible.  Pre-match orientation and training is required for parent/caregiver and mentee.

Once they have been matched, mentors meet weekly with their assigned mentee. Since it is a community based program, much of the mentoring meetings are held at community sites such as: the school site, parks, recreation centers, restaurants, library, church activities or services. Other meeting consist of one-to-one community outings and group field trips that allow mentors and mentees to explore additional educational, recreational, and youth-development.

The Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program is seeking mentors, ages 20 and older, to meet with a youth on a weekly basis. The minimum commitment is one hour per week for one year. The one hour per week is flexible and can be completed on the day of the week, or time of day, that is convenient for the mentor and the family.

Children not only enjoy the companionship of their mentor and the activities they share, but also learn and grow from the experience.