Mentoring Inside Out provides one-on-one mentoring, case management, and school and social supports to children who have a parent involved in the criminal justice system.
Portland, OR (PRWEB)
July 27, 2017
Pathfinders of Oregon is pleased to announce the renewal of a two-year grant awarded by the Oregon Youth Development Council as part of their Youth and Community investment pledge. The grant will be used to support the organization’s Mentoring Inside Out program, which provides mentoring, case management, and school and social supports to children who have a parent involved in the criminal justice system and are at risk of school disengagement.
Mentoring Inside Out (MIO) is grounded in proven, evidence-based practices that aim to build protective factors, promote resiliency and decrease barriers to success for children facing adverse childhood experiences such as parental incarceration. In developing the program design for MIO, Pathfinders worked closely with justice-involved parents and partners from community-based agencies. The program, which provides mentoring in both English and Spanish, annually serves 40 children ages 7–14, all of whom come from low-income families and 87% of whom are children of color.
The program matches children with positive, caring adult mentors from similar backgrounds and lived experiences. Through weekly one-on-one mentoring, tutoring, school advocacy, skill-building practice and monthly group activities, children receive individualized support to improve academic engagement and positively interact with their peers and community. Together, mentors and children develop a plan that identifies goals in areas such as school, social and family relationships, and pro-social activities, along with steps to achieve those goals. Additionally,…