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, as it is known, is a mentoring program of practice 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 youth to 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.

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

Currently, there are three 4-H YFP programs in Jefferson County.

  • Pleasant View Elementary - Thursday's - 3:15-4:15 p.m.
  • Molholm Elementary - Tuesday's - 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Parr Elementary - Wednesday's - 3:30-4:30 p.m.

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What does the program look like? 

Youth 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 programming. Youth accomplish tasks, work in teams and have opportunities for leadership. The youth participate in service learning projects. Youth 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. Youth also 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 in a small group or one-on-one setting, with additional contacts as appropriate
  • Attending Mentor Orientation Session (4 hours)

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How do I apply to be a mentor? 

    • 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.

Application Materials – select the links 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 Barbie at bgarnett@co.jefferson.co.us


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