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4-H National Mentoring
Youth and Families with Promise


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
of youth.

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 (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Events - Group activities are designed to foster family bonds through experiential learning activities.

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Where is the 4-H YFP Program in Jefferson County? 

Currently, there are three schools with 4-H YFP programs in Jefferson County:

  • Parr Elementary
    5800 W. 84th Ave.
    (near 84th & Sheridan)
    Thursdays, 3:00-4:15 p.m.
    Volunteers are most needed here.

  • Molholm Elementary
    6000 W. 9th Ave.
    (near 9th & Sheridan)
    Tuesdays, 3:45-5:00 p.m.

  • Pleasant View Elementary
    15290 W. 10th Ave.
    (near Indiana Ave. & W. Colfax)
    Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

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What does the program look like? 

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.

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I'm thinking I'd like to be a mentor.

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:

  • Listener
  • Advisor
  • Role Model
  • Resource Person
  • Companion
  • Teacher/Challenger
  • Confidence Builder

Mentors will:

  • 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.

Time Commitment:

  • 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

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How do I apply to be a mentor? 

    • Turn in your 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

Application Materials – there are three ways to apply. Select the format that works best for you (online form which goes directly to 4honline, a Microsoft Word document, or a PDF document). Select the link below to download all application information and forms.   

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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 hpetrick@jeffco.us


This material is based upon work supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Award Number 2013-JU-FX-0022.