Therapeutic Mentoring serves as an early intervention tool for children through therapeutic groups, establishing a positive relationship with their mentor. Services are provided to targeted elementary schools in Saint Louis County, as well as schools in the Ferguson-Florissant School District.
Finding the right role model at the right time can have a significant and lasting impact on the lives of young adults.
Students are identified as needing therapeutic mentoring services by school staff. Therapeutic Mentors and therapists meet with students one-on-one and in group sessions. Services encompass one-on-one mentoring, therapeutic groups focused on improving behavior, character and academics through increasing positive behavior, and psycho-education groups for parents.
- Therapeutic groups: Students in targeted elementary schools receive a therapeutic group three days a week after school during the school year that includes a structured lesson from the Positive Action Curriculum and academic support.
- Therapeutic Mentoring: One-on-one mentoring with each student who is participating in the after school therapeutic groups. The mentor provides an average of three hours of mentoring per week to the student on a year-round basis. Activities completed during mentoring include participation in community and school activities, including sports and hobbies of interests to the student. The mentor will include academic support if needed.
- Ranch Camp: Students in the Therapeutic Mentoring Program who are eligible according to age restrictions will have the opportunity to participate in a therapeutic camp at the Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch. The camp offers therapeutic outdoor adventure learning opportunities through backpacking trips, adventure activities such as climbing, caving, wilderness trips, low and high ropes challenge courses, primitive skills and camping. Adventure activities are designed to be a catalyst for inspiring change in character and integrity in the youth. In a relatively short period of time, youth in these programs are able to change their perspective and gain increased efficacy, vision and hope.