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In addition to our general foster care service, we offer a mentorship program called MATCH. The Key Assets Mentorship and Transitional Care Homes (MATCH) program is a unique model designed specifically for youth ranging in age from 16 – 22 who shown some level of independence but may not be yet equipped for full independent living.
MATCH youth are placed in homes with ‘mentors’. The program encourages strong therapeutic relationships, where youth develop long term connections with others as well as their community. These connections assist in encouraging growth, confidence, and transition towards independence. Youth are engaged and collaborated with, in all aspects of their care plan and are encouraged to become increasingly self-directed over time, with a gradual reduction in professional supports and increased reliance on natural supports.
The goal of the program is to help MATCH youth develop their adaptive life skills, so that they are able to live independently in the community.
Mentors are offered support from Key Assets in the way of training and development, financial incentives, community resources, and finally team support from trained professionals.
Recruitment criteria for mentors:
• A mentor for the MATCH Program must meet specific Ministry requirements for housing youth in care, including undergoing a home study/assessment, safety inspection of the property, child welfare checks, employment reference checks, criminal checks, etc.
• A mentor must have work flexibility to accommodate training programs and respond to youth needs when needed.
• A mentor must be able to commit to participation in ongoing training and reflection groups.
• A mentor must have a demonstrated ability to understand adolescent developmental and the affects of trauma.
• A mentor must have a desire and ability to assist vulnerable youth in their path to independence.
For more information about becoming a mentor, give us a call.