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St. Joseph Youth Alliance
5223 Mitchell Avenue
St. Joseph, MO 64507
(816) 232-0050

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Youth Mentoring

Core Result: Youth Ready to Enter the Workforce / Children Ready to Learn and Succeeding in School

Youth Mentoring: Career Experience and Confidence

By linking numerous area businesses with teens for custom mentoring experiences, Youth Alliance is a regional leader in helping teens develop stronger career skills, academic skills and leadership drive.

Verbal instruction is important, but seeing how words translate into action is crucial during the teen years. The Youth Mentoring programs offered through Youth Alliance emphasize the importance of having positive role models. Journey to Unite Mentors and Parents (JUMP) and Northwest Missouri Mentoring Partnership (MMP) connect young people with adults willing to walk them through important life skills relating to employment and parenting.

Journey to Unite Mentors and Parents (JUMP) is a mentoring program designed to meet the unique needs and concerns of pregnant and parenting teens. A collaborative effort between the YWCA, Mosaic Life Care, and Youth Alliance, JUMP links teens with a trained mentor who provides support, encouragement, and occasional insight on parenting skills, academic achievements, and long-term goal setting. Program participants can provide in a variety of program activities including: school visits, group meetings, mentor mixers, and more to enhance their mentee/mentor relationships, and to gain the greatest benefit from the program.

Northwest Missouri Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is a program designed to develop employment skills in teens ages 15 ½ – 21 years. Young people in the mentoring program receive six job preparatory classes covering topics such as: job search, resume creation, application completion, writing a cover letter, interviewing skills and job retention. For participants who find employment, the program facilitates on-the-job mentoring relationships to build appropriate lifelong work habits.