Columbus Area Mentoring Program (CAMP), a program of the Family and Youth Law Center at Capital University Law School (FYLaw), is designed to fill the need for consistent mentorships for local young adults who have aged out of foster care or juvenile justice systems to help them transition to safe, supported, and healthy adult lives.
CAMP provides an array of services and supports for young adults ages 18-21 who have aged out of care. The most important support, and the focal point of the program, is mentorship. Participating young adults are matched with a trained and vetted mentor who provides the type of relational permanency that is critical for emancipated youth in their journeys to adulthood. Mentors and young adults meet with each other on a regular basis to deepen their relational engagement and to work on identified goals. Mentor pairs also participate in a monthly group activity session aimed at providing mutual support and interaction.
MENTORING: You can you make a difference for a young adult!
Planning and making life decisions may be difficult for a young adult who has grown up in the foster care or juvenile justice system. As a mentor, you can empower a young adult to consider the outcomes and repercussions of various options and be a positive model to help in the decision making process.
Mentors can assist youth in exploring learning options, whether it is completing high school, exploring higher education or job training, or simply identifying and learning new skills. The goal is for young adults to become confident in setting their own goals and making their own learning choices.
Caring mentors can encourage and assist young adults as they develop techniques for setting attainable goals, overcoming challenges, and managing emotions – skills needed for success in all aspects of adult life.
As a mentor, you can guide a young adult in understanding and embracing key values that support successful living, and model such values, including integrity, self-respect, confidence, reliability, perseverance, and courtesy.
Mentors can cultivate positive and caring relationships with young adults and support them at a critical stage in their lives. Although focusing on setting and achieving life goals is important, the most valuable things a mentor can provide are focused attention, respect, and friendship.