A new and exciting way of mentoring!!! - The Independent Living ...


A new and exciting way of mentoring!!! - The Independent Living ...

A new and exciting

way of mentoring!!!

Are you excited and uncertain about the future?

We are looking for young adults who:

Are transitioning from the foster care system and are between the

ages of 18 and 24.

Are planning to go to or attending college.

Are open to new ideas.

Are willing to be supportive and share fun experiences with others.

Can commit to attending co-mentoring trainings.

If you relate to 2 or more of these…

We want you to become a Co-Mentor!!

RSVP for our next orientation on

Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 11am-1pm


Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 11am-1pm

155 N. Occidental Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Contact: Lianne Goldsmith - 213-365-2900 - prscffaa@aol.com


The FYA C0-Mentoring Project is an equal opportunity supporter

regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

What is it the FYA Co-Mentoring Project?

The Foster Youth Alumni Co Mentoring Project brings together foster youth ages 18 to 24, with a select group of adults

to create a healthy safety-net that supports them as they transition into independent living.

Why co-mentor?

Foster youth “age out” of the system between the ages of 18 and 21. As a result of their traumatic backgrounds,

they suffer from a disproportionate rate of physical and mental health problems. These young adults are expected to

transition from foster care to independence with limited support or guidance. They are expected to find housing, jobs,

careers, pursue higher education, virtually on their own.

How is co-mentoring different from individual mentoring?

In many existing mentoring programs, a single youth is paired with an adult forming a strictly hierarchical

relationship, the adult dispenses wisdom and instruction to the youth. Co-mentoring is rooted in the belief that each

person can learn from one another. There are no mentors and mentees, (givers and takers) rather; individuals share

their authentic selves while acknowledging shared experiences and hopes.

How does the program work?

8-12 pre-screened adults are put together with 4-6 pre-screened and hand selected

transitioning foster youth. The adults must each have background clearances, a

health screening/TB test and a clean driving record. The commitment is for one year.

The program begins with three mandatory trainings (Enrichment Workshops) and a

mandatory 3 day weekend in Ojai at The Ojai Foundation, where participants

experience the practice of Council and get to know one another.

Approximately every 6 weeks thereafter, for 9 months, on a Saturday or Sunday,

adult and young adult co-mentors come together to participate in Enrichment

Workshops where they also learn how to deal with life’s transitions.

In between workshops, co mentors are free to meet/play/talk as they see fit, in small groups, pairs or all together. The

overall minimum time commitment is 10 hours per month.

The co-mentoring group functions “family style” where individual co-mentors are encouraged to connect with each other,

over time, developing their own relationships organically and naturally in groups or one-on-one.

Contact: Lianne Goldsmith

Southern California Foster Family & Adoption Agency

155 N. Occidental Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026

213-365-2900 - prscffaa@aol.com


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