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4-H Mentoring: Youth & Families with Promise

What is 4-H Mentoring?

4-H Mentoring: Youth & Families with Promise (YFP) is a program which began in 2001 and is designed for youth, ages 10-15, and their families. Youth are matched with young adult mentors, who establish caring relationships with identified youth. All mentors are screened before being matched (interview, reference and background check). This program allows youth to develop their interpersonal and academic skills by participating in structured recreation, community service, and community youth groups.

Program Components

We are committed to providing an environment which fosters belonging, independence, generosity and mastery (BIG M) among mentors, youth, and families. The four essential elements of positive youth development. 

Mentors are a major part of their mentee's life. They provide stability and a caring relationship for their mentees. They provide their kids with something to be excited about and someone who is always looking out for their well being.

Youth will:

  • Meet four times each month with their mentor (one meeting each month is sponsored by 4-H)
  • Attend weekly 4-H Afterschool Mentoring club
  • Attend monthly Family Night Out programs together with their family*

To enroll a youth, sign up here:

Youth / Family Enrollment 

Mentors will**:

  • Be a mentor to a child in Utah County
  • Be a guide, advocate, friend and role model
  • Help your mentee feel a sense of belonging, develop independence, understand the importance of generosity, and master new skills
  • Introduce your mentee to new and different environments
  • Meet and socialize monthly with the other mentors at the monthly provided activity for you and your mentee
  • Give an hour of time each week for one full year
  • Make a year commitment to mentor a youth
  • Meet 4 times per month (usually once each week) with the youth you mentor

What youth need most is a caring adult who peacefully resolves conflicts and communicates in a healthy way. They need someone to trust and who trusts them.

To become a mentor, sign up here:Become a Mentor! 

Find mentoring resources, here: 

Activity Ideas

Mentor Packet

 

For any questions, please contact:

Brandon Summers

Mentoring Program Coordinator
801-851-8475 | brandon.summers@usu.edu
385-233-7505 | 4hleadership@gmail.com

*4-H Mentoring families are expected to attend 50% (6 per year) of the Family Night Out activities. These are typically held on Monday 
evening or on Saturday.
**To become a mentor, you need to be at least 18 years of age and have a vehicle.  You will need to be formally interviewed at a time which
fits your schedule. You will be required to complete a background check (simply for the safety of the youth) and attend some training prior to
being matched with a child.  Once the required paperwork has been completed, the process of matching you with a child will begin.