Research demonstrates that youth who engage in a mentoring relationship with a caring
adult for a minimum of one year are better equipped to mitigate at-risk challenges such
as socioeconomic disadvantage, personal and family substance abuse, mental health
issues, community norms of acceptance or tolerance towards gangs and violence, and
Yancy provides a full-service mentoring program to serve students at all grade levels who could benefit from a positive relationship with a caring adult mentor. We create engagement through supportive enrichment activities that assist with academic, recreational, cultural, artistic, social, emotional, and personal development needs. Yancy’s Mentoring / Character Building is a compilation of evidence-based programs for character-building and mentoring. Studies of the programs reveal significant positive outcomes in individuals and communities when students actively participate in the curriculum. Key products in school performance include decreased discipline referrals, increased student achievement, increased attendance rates, increased graduation rates, and increased teacher satisfaction.
The Mentoring / Character Building program emphasizes character development and leadership development. The curriculum includes a teacher with 50 modules on topics such as developing relationships, goal setting, self-confidence, money management, and problem-solving. Lessons include recommended instructional strategies such as role-playing, group activities, presentations, and projects.
Yancy Mentoring will incorporate the following youth development principles into its
program design and delivery:
Promote healthy lifestyles and teach/demonstrate positive patterns of social interactions. A primary focus of the program is to help participants habituate ways to interact positively with their environment and community and respect themselves (including their bodies) and others.
Provide youth with safe and supportive environments. Yancy Mentoring is offered in the school, where Parents s can be sure their student is safe and secure under trained adult supervision. Further, the environment provides an engaging curriculum, support for their growth both socially and academically, and an intense community atmosphere.
Foster relationships between youth and caring adults who can mentor and guide them. Yancy Mentors are selected for their ability to connect with their students, to serve as role models, and to have the patience to teach even the most intractable student.
Support the development of youth’s knowledge and skills in various ways, including study, tutoring, sports, the arts, vocational education, and service learning.
Engage youth as active partners and leaders who can help move communities forward. Students in Yancy Mentoring are always included as active participants in their academic and developmental decisions.
Provide opportunities for youth to show that they care – about others and society. A significant goal of Yancy is that children who participate in our programs will grow into adults who positively contribute to their community. Respect for others, teamwork, and group decision-making are essential elements in most Yancy programs, including Yancy Mentoring.