P.A.Y. mentoring program centers on at-risk youth, ages 10-16. At-risk youth includes youth with characteristics and experiences that increases their risk of developing challenging behaviors and outcomes that could be detrimental to their community, themselves, or both. The goal of our mentoring program is to:
- Build or rebuild self- esteem and confidence;
- Reduce or prevent teen pregnancy, violence, and substance abuse, and improve decision-making;
- Provide effective life, job readiness, leadership, and emotional skills, work preparation techniques, and build interpersonal relationships;
- Provide opportunities for youth to engage in discussions that address bullying, decision-making, peer pressure, education, poverty, academics, life choices, family life, military life, and other appropriate topics that are important to the participants and their parents;
- Host and/or participate in events and activities that promote emotional self-awareness, education and healthy and positive life choices and skills, that are aligned with P.A.Y.’s mission and values.
Become A Mentor
Help make a difference in a child's life by becoming a mentor!
P.A,Y. continuously recruits volunteer mentors and youth for our program and we encourage all to apply. Potential mentors will be subject to a criminal background check and other screening along with his or her completed application.
Mentors will attend orientation and other training and are required to have weekly contact with his or her mentee.
"Every great achiever is inspired by a great mentor" - Lailah Gifty Akita
P.A.Y. provides journals to youth who participate in the our mentoring program. It not mandatory that youth share their jounaling writing. We want to provide our youth with a personal outlet to convey that allows them to express their thoughts and feelings on topics that they might feel comfortable sharing with others.
Journaling promotes self awareness, helps youth recognize their strengths, weaknesses, fears, feelings (Werrell, 2017).
Journaling help youth reduce stress by allowing them figure out their problems and privately work through painful feelings (Rudlin, 2017).
P.A.Y. offers free educational workshops to the community at the South Fulton Library in Union City, GA, to assist youth in building the skills that help them reach their full potential. P.A.Y.'s workshops offer work readiness and life skills training including but not limited to resume writing, interviewing skills, study skills, improving mental health, leadership skills, emotional intelligence, and adolescent suicide, violence, pregnancy, and substance abuse prevention. P.A.Y. workshops are not limited to the program's participants. Workshops are held in various locations and taught by professionals who specialize in various areas.
P.A.Y. is in the process of implementing a six-week leadership program for youth in grades 10th through 12th. The leadership program will provide an opportunity for participants to learn leadership skills and strategies that will help them become effective leaders. The goal of the leadership program is to:
- Help youth develop a clear understanding of leadership and related competencies
- Promote self-awareness, teamwork, and networking
- Build work readiness skills and improve communication skills
- Build effective relationships between youth and community partners
- Provide youth with the opportunity to shadow professionals in their chosen career paths
- Earn community service hours