4-H National Mentoring
Youth and Families with Promise
- What is 4-H National Mentoring Program, Youth and Families with Promise?
- Where is the 4-H YFP Program in Jefferson County?
- What does the program look like?
- I'm thinking I might like to be a mentor.
- How do I apply to be a mentor?
What is 4-H National Mentoring Program, Youth and Families with Promise?
4-H NMP YFP is a mentoring program that was successfully adapted from Utah
State Extension. The program focuses on enhancing the developmental assets
The program consists of three components:
- Mentoring - Volunteer mentors work directly with at-risk youth in our schools to help them build academic and social skills.
- 4-H Activities - Club involvement serves to enhance social competencies through leadership opportunities, community service and group projects.
- Family STEM Events - Group activities are designed to foster family bonds through experiential learning activities.
Currently, there are three schools with 4-H YFP programs in Jefferson County:
- Parr Elementary
5800 W. 84th Ave.
Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
- Molholm Elementary
6000 W. 9th Ave.
Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
- Pleasant View Elementary
15290 W. 10th Ave.
Wednesdays, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Students meet weekly in an afterschool club setting. Within the club, they develop a relationship with a caring adult mentor. They participate in fun and exciting, hands-on activities and projects. They accomplish tasks, work in teams and have opportunities for leadership. The students also participate in service learning projects. They attend a monthly business meeting where they learn how to run a meeting, keep track of club minutes and records, participate in group decision making and learn public speaking. The children later showcase what they have learned at family events.
4-H YPF Mentors provide an invaluable service to the program. They are caring adults who are committed to changing the lives of youth. Committing one hour a week to meet with youth will open doors to interest in science, technology, engineering and math, as well as help them develop life skills such as self-esteem, responsibility, problem solving, cooperation, sharing and teamwork.
Mentors may encompass many roles:
- Role Model
- Resource Person
- Confidence Builder
- Develop a friendship with mentee(s) that is characterized by trust and respect.
- Demonstrate and model partnership values, dependability, commitment, follow-through and open communication.
- Contact staff about any concerns that arise during the course of the mentor relationship, as soon as they arise.
- One hour per week during the school year in a small group or one-on-one setting, with additional contacts as appropriate
- Attending a Mentor Orientation Session
- Turn in Application to the 4-H Office
- Select four references and let them know that they will be receiving a questionnaire from Extension and ask them to fill it out ASAP.
- Fill out Background Check information from CSU HireRite as soon as you receive the e-mail
- Meet with Extension Staff.
- View letter about becoming a 4-H Mentor
- Download volunteer application in Microsoft Word
** Must save application onto your computer in order to email the form
- Download volunteer application in Adobe Reader (PDF format)
** Must save application onto your computer in order to submit electronically
** Must save application each time you complete an electronic signature
Email Holley Petrick, 4-H Mentor Program Coordinator, at email@example.com, if you have any questions or would like more information.
Check out the rest of our web site for more information about 4-H in Jefferson County. If you have questions please call 303-271-6620 or e-mail Holley Petrick at firstname.lastname@example.org
This material is based upon work supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Award Number 2013-JU-FX-0022.