The Starfish Mentoring Program provides care to children who have been exploited by matching them with a trusted adult to engage them in meaningful activities that guide youth toward self-efficacy and empowered living. The long term goal is to be a part of the collaborative effort to reduce victimization/ revictimization and support healthy social reintegration.
Mentees are at-risk, vulnerable and/or commercially sexually exploited youth between 11-24 years of age. We serve male, female, and LGBTQ+ youth, regardless of level of disclosure.
Through this program, mentors meet youth in their community, including those placed in foster care or in a facility. Mentoring is complementary and supplementary to services youth may already receive, such as counseling. Mentors provide a consistent and healthy relationship that remains with youth throughout their journey of healing.
According to the National Mentoring Resource Center, creative activities and rapport-building exercises are healthy and positive experiences that combat complex trauma. These activities encourage trust and engagement, resulting in significant improvements:
Starfish Mentoring Program Manager: 808.222.1872 | email@example.com