This program is designed to intentionally match youth with a caring and involved same sex mentor based on their specific needs. Allowing children to see beyond their single parent circumstances can positively affect their well-being.
The father in the family is the foundation of the family system. The father can be compared to the sun, Without the sun as our stable body in the solar system we would experience an immediate crisis. We should look at the father’s position in the same way. The father provides stability and order. When one is absent we experience tragedy. We are living that crisis now.
Over 20 million children live in fatherless homes, and I ask, “Where is the Village?” Today there is a great need for the village. In contrast, we are responsible for creating that Village. Mentoring does just that, it creates a community that cares for the betterment of humanity.
Mentorship is an important component of Bloom Upstate that provides the perfect environment for girls to thrive. Husband and wife and teams and female mentors provide the child with the opportunity to be involved in healthy thriving relationships and create positive bonds. It also affords the chance for the young girls to look past their present situation of fatherlessness.
These relationships make all the difference. There are infinite possibilities when a child has a vested adult who they can depend on.
Bloom Upstate matches at-risk youth ages 12-21 with mature professional mentors to help the young women blossom into the person God intended them to be, despite their situation.
Qualities of an effective mentor
- Time to invest in mentoring
- A personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ
- Compassion and an authentic interest in youth
- At a minimum, the ability to fulfill at two-year commitment