The Value of Mentoring
Below is an excerpt of the testimony given last week, highlighting CFLS' Family -to-Family Mentoring Program which is currently managed by Jeannina Perez-Harrington.
CFLS Executive Director, Claudia Thorne, Testifies on the Value of Mentoring at the Department of Human Services Oversight Hearing
For the past four years, the Family-to-Family Program has successfully helped stabilize the lives of low-income families in crisis due to poverty, unemployment, and homelessness by connecting them to positive, active members of our community…..
In the absence of sound advice borne of experience, and consistent emotional and tangible support, it can be substantially more difficult for mentees to acquire and sustain their personal, family and career goals. The Family-to-Family program is designed to fill the need for this support by connecting mentees to positive role models.
Upon entering the program, mentors are trained to identify mentee strengths and how to help their mentees develop upon those strengths to accomplish goals related to employment, parenting, and education. This strength-based methodology can make all the difference as described by one our mentees:
“When I met my mentor I was broken. I knew what I desired for myself and
family, but due to my circumstances I was unsure if it was even obtainable.
After spending time with my mentor I quickly realized that she was a
comfort to me. [My Mentor] brings an atmosphere that is so empowering
that one can only want to adapt to her lifestyle...”
After only six months in the Family-to-Family program, this mentee went from being unemployed and living at a local shelter to gaining full-time employment as an administrative assistant, living in stable housing, and enrolling in a paralegal program—and her mentor has been there to support her every step of the way. …
To read the full testimony, including additional heartfelt testimonies from both mentors and mentees click here.