Become a mentor today

Are you looking for a great volunteer opportunity? Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau (LAYSB) is offering two opportunities for adults.

“Hidden Hero” is a mystery match pen pal program linking youth to caring adults for the 2012-2013 school year.

Adult “Hidden Heroes” write letters to youth at least once a month. The letters can contain information about yourself (as long as the youth cannot identify you) or anything that would be encouraging/supportive, for example, a poem, quote, story, your thoughts, etc.

Youth do not find out the identity of their adult match until the reveal party held in May.

Adults can also become mentors in our “Making Connection Mentoring Program.”

Being a mentor, you have an opportunity to build a positive and encouraging relationship with youth between the ages of 10 and 17.

Mentors meet with their mentees two times per month for a minimum of six months, according to a schedule they determine. Good candidates to be mentors are adults who can be a positive role models, want to connect with youth in the community, are patient and willing to listen, and like to have fun.

LAYSB has a screening process for all potential volunteers, and provides provide y training and support.

Youth are also needed for these two programs. For more information or to request a volunteer application, contact Andria Flaherty at Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau at 651-464-3685 or andria.flahety@ysblakesarea.org.

Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau is a non-profit organization serving Forest Lake Area School District communities in Washington and Anoka Counties, and all communities in Chisago County.

The mission of LAYSB is to ensure the success of youth. Programs and services provided reflect the belief that youth will be successful when relationships are strong, families are involved, communities are caring, harmony is restored and youth have the skills and opportunities for citizenship.

For more information, www.ysblakesarea.org.

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