Become a Co-Mentor!! - Independent Living Program

Become a Co-Mentor!! - Independent Living Program

A new and exciting way of


Are you an adult who is:

‣ Interested in assisting young adults between the ages of 18 and 24?

‣ Willing to spend at least 10 hours a month being an encouraging friend?

‣ Willing to devote one year to supporting young adults as they transition into


‣ Open to teaching and learning?

‣ Willing to commit to attending co-mentoring trainings?

If you answered “yes” to 2 or more of these…

We want you!

Become a Co-Mentor!!

Attend one of our upcoming Orientations:

Saturday, October 27 th , from 11am-1pm

Saturday, November 3 rd , from 11am-1pm

Thursday, November 8 th from 6:30-8:30pm


Chantel Zimmerman

213-365-2900 –

The Foster Youth Alumni Co-Mentoring Project

Southern California Foster Family & Adoption Agency

155 N. Occidental Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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, and 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.

In the first 3 months, 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 12 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 for 15 months.

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: Chantel Zimmerman

Southern California Foster Family & Adoption Agency

155 N. Occidental Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026

213-365-2900 –

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