Not all programs delivered by Fathers’ Support Center are for men and fathers. Our Youth Leadership & Development program mentors, teaches and guides both young men and young women, most of whom don’t have an active father in their lives, how to become responsible teens within their communities. The program focuses on teaching youth how to avoid high risk situations and behaviors such as gang involvement, drug/alcohol use and unhealthy relationships. We help prepare them for college and careers and how to make healthy decisions for themselves, their families and their communities. Youth involved in the program learn from group and one-on-one mentoring as well as through schools and the community.
Community Mentors Needed
The Fathers' Support Center is currently seeking out professionals of all types in the Saint Louis Area to volunteer as a community mentor. The community mentor should be able to provide the youth with approximately 20 hours of job shadowing experience.
The youth can complete the shadowing after-school or on the weekends, some youth will be allowed to leave school early to arrive at their job shadowing site.
Interested community mentors need to download and fill out the Volunteer Application. The completed Volunteer Application will then need to be mailed to: Attn: Aaron Harris, Youth Coordinator, Fathers' Support Center, 4411 N. Newstead Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63115. Upon acceptance, the applicant will be notified of a training date at Fathers' Support Center.
Teen Learns Construction Skills
Ever since meeting his Fathers’ Support Center mentor in June of 2014, 15-year-old Tyrese has been an enthusiastic participant in all of FSC’s outings and
Eager to find employment, Tyrese attended the Arch’s Construction Careers Event. The event inspired him to learn more about the construction field, and he now assists the event’s facilitator, Antone’y Jones, with real contracting jobs. His first assignment: building a bathroom from start to finish.
“In the time I’ve known him, Tyrese has been quick to learn new skills,” says his mentor.
“It was tough, but I've gained a lot of on-the-job training,” Tyrese added.
Tyrese continues to work with his mentor on training and workplace etiquette to prepare for his future career.
Teen Finds Career With Help of Mentor
Caleb told his mentor, FSC Youth Director Aaron Harris, that he wanted to become an architect.
"After hearing how enthusiastic Caleb was learning more about architecture I contacted Grant Alexander of SP Architects and arranged for them to do lunch together," said Harris.
Grant gave Caleb advice on where he should further his education in architecture.
"I talked with Caleb about the difference between attending an accredited architecture university versus an unaccredited architecture university," Grant said.
"His knowledge supported my interest in attending the University of Oklahoma which has an accredited architecture program," said Caleb.
Caleb was also able to see first-hand some of the daily activities of an architect.
"We looked over blueprints of new projects that SP Architects were working on and he showed me the appropriate way to draw steps for a home through free hand drawing," Caleb said.
Alexander gave the teen a few tools architects use: a scale, architecture pencil to draw steps with as well, and a lead sharpener.
Alexander was impressed with Caleb.
"I invited him to meet up again to discuss computer drafting techniques used by architects," he added.
For more information about Youth Leadership & Development or any of our services, contact us.