The mentoring program's goal is to provide youth, ages 4-18, who have a parent or guardian that is or has been incarcerated with a volunteer mentor that offers emotional and academic support as well as exposure to a variety of experiences that they might not otherwise encounter. One of the most effective ways to contribute to the well being of young people is to become a mentor. Everyone from young adults to retirees can help befriend, counsel, positively reinforce and set a constructive example for kids everywhere, and there's a great need. Many young people do not have enough caring adult role models to guide and support them. Despite several years of documented success, millions of young people in need of mentors do not yet have one. Across the nation, there are approximately 14 million young people at risk of not reaching productive adulthood who would benefit from having a mentor.
A trusting relationship with a caring adult often has a profound, life changing effect on a child. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Doris Long, Mentoring Program Director, (580) 298-2921. You may also visit mentoring.org. This website provides an opportunity to search for mentoring opportunities by zip code or by state and also provides an alternate means of contacting the LDCAA Mentoring Program.