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Peer Mentor Program
In 1992 after Children's Trust Fund recipients asked what they could do to give back to Orangewood Children's Foundation, the Peer Mentor Program was established. Peer Mentors are former foster youth who have successfully transitioned from foster care to independence and serve as positive role models to youth currently in foster care.

Peer Mentors:
  • Attend Independent Living Program (ILP) sessions at Orangewood Children's Foundation and other locations in Orange County on weeknights and Saturday mornings
  • Attend on-going trainings for team building and counseling skills development
  • Assist with program special events and Foundation fundraising events
  • Get paid for each workshop and event attended

The Peer Mentors conduct group discussions at ILP workshops on a variety of topics, allowing the teens to learn basic living skills and interact with these positive role models and peers. Feedback after the workshops shows that the teens often report feeling less anxious and more confident that they can have positive futures after leaving the foster care system. Peer mentors also offer bilingual support for youth in languages such as Spanish, Vietnamese, etc.

»»If you are a former foster youth interested in becoming a Peer Mentor, please visit our new Orangewood youth site at for more information.


If you are interested in helping Orangewood support youth through programs like this one, you can make an online donation using your credit card. Or contact Carlos Leija, Chief Development Officer, at or (714) 619-0201.

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