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.
- 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
- Assist with program special events and Foundation fundraising
- 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 www.ocf4you.org for more information.