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We match youth in the Metro Denver and Colorado Springs areas who are between the ages of 8 and 12, are from a single parent or kinship care household, and receive free or reduced lunch at school.
Our programs are delivered by community volunteers who generously give of their time to help youth. Children who may not be suited for our program are as follows:
Youth can stay in the program until the age of 18 should their match last that long, but must be in the 8-12 age bracket when applying.
Youth who have an absent parent in their lives (may see them infrequently or just a few times a year) are our priority when matching them with a mentor. Referrals and applications for boys far outnumber the applications we receive from men applying to mentor, so this is something we must strictly enforce. However, female mentor applicants far outnumber the number or girls applying to the program; girls who do not necessarily meet this requirement can have their eligibility reviewed on a case by case basis.
We determine this by whether or not they receive free or reduced lunch at school. Should a youth meet other requirements but does not qualify for free or reduced lunch, you may contact us directly to discuss the circumstances and see if an exception can be made.
Not only is their participation and interest key in a successful match, so is the family's commitment to the program.
We know our families have a lot going on, and we also know our most successful matches are with those families who are in a stable environment. If a child has recently suffered a loss or trauma, or the family is currently dealing with a crisis, we may need to wait before introducing a mentor into their lives. Feel free to discuss a family's situation with us before referring them to the program to determine if it is a good time.
Children with a parent in the military face unique challenges. It is our aim to help the families of our service men and women by providing their children with a positive role-model and mentor. We hope that these mentors serve as an additional support to military families, whether the parent is currently deployed or not. Our mentors are not there to assume the role of a parent who may be away from home. They are merely another positive adult in their Little Brother or Little Sister's life.