employU now offers peer mentoring. Peer mentors are like-aged peers who connect youth clients to long-term community resources. These resources can help students receive the initial social supports they need to effectively transition into post-secondary training, education, and employment.
Peer mentors provide a relatability and understanding that can otherwise be lost among non-peer age groups. Having been in the students’ shoes not too long ago, peer mentors are able to guide students through current challenges and climates in order to help them reach their goals.
Upon completion of this service, students will have increased ability to effectively advocate for their needs, supports, and services. Additionally, through their own advocacy efforts, students can register and actively participate with groups, organizations, or networks that promote personal growth and development or serve as long-term supports.
Through a blend of virtual and face-to-face interaction, peer mentors work one-on-one with youth customers to explore opportunities and assist them on their path to independence. It is like having their own concierge to tailor their experience.
The time commitment for this service is flexible and can vary based on customer’s availability, but typically ranges between 5 and 20 hours per month. Customers can engage in this service for any length of time between one and six months.
This one-on-one support helps clients:
- Discover community service organizations youth can access to obtain long-term supports and services they may need beyond the assistance they receive from VR.
- Engage with social support groups that help youth become more integrated into their communities and give them the confidence to create and sustain social networks of peers.
- Utilize employment-related social networking to build professional networks and learn more about their career interests.
Interested in this service or in becoming a peer mentor? Contact us below!
*Now Serving Treasure Coast. Coming soon to Leesburg and Jacksonville