Youth Mentoring@100%: Innovation 8
Supporting Cities and Counties
The projects presented in the ten innovations areas are all designed to address barriers to vital services. Action teams should review all projects and prioritize those that have the best chance of addressing the barriers identified in the 100% New Mexico countywide survey. Your collaborative and result-focused local work is nothing less than heroic.
Project: Youth Mentoring.8.1
Project 1: The “city workers for mentoring” project
Create a program where all local government workers can take time off to be a mentor once a week. Time off is great; an hour + paid time off is better. Also, certain city departments might be better suited to engage youth mentors. For example, many cities have a Department of Parks. Why not have that staff engage with youth in a structured format as they maintain parks? Other ideas that may strengthen recruitment and public awareness to consider are:
- Promote mentoring at city events
- City proclamations for mentoring month or days
- City-sponsored campaigns to encourage mentoring, including advertising and calls to action
- City recognition and awards for top mentors in the community
- City “challenges” as to which department can provide the most mentors
Project: Youth Mentoring.8.2
Project 2: The “research the ‘bigs with badges’” project
Work to get the mayor, city councilors and heads of the departments of first responders to get full support at the top for police officers and firefighters to be big brothers, big sisters, or other forms of mentoring. These relationships can help children develop into confident adults, and help build stronger bonds between law enforcement/first responders and the families they serve.