If you have an interest in mentoring a deserving young person, you should read about the latest NCJW volunteer opportunity. No experience needed!!
Our September luncheon featured Chiquita Board, Program Services Coordinator of Dream Come True Foundation (DCTF), one of our new service projects. It is a locally based non-profit dedicated to working with high-potential individuals to support their move from poverty to success by helping them get the tools they need. Becoming an “achiever” with this program is a competitive process. Once selected, DCTF provides individualized, wrap-around support so each person can reach their educational and then career goals. For more information about DCTF, go to http://www.dctf-austin.org
Those who attended the luncheon donated back-to-school supplies for Dream Achievers and were excited to hear Ms. Board’s enthusiastic presentation about the work of DCTF and the opportunities for NCJW members to support this important work. Ms. Board shared DCTF’s need for volunteers willing to serve as mentors for their “achievers”. Mentors are a critical aspect of their program, providing these young people with a go-to person to identify resources and help with problem solving. DCTF provides a training session and their staff provide ongoing support for mentors at all times. The mentor role is expected to require a few hours per month of volunteer time. No special experience is needed. DCTF encourages couples to mentor together and they will be exploring the possibility of friends serving as mentors together as well. At present, the ability of DCTF to serve more people is limited by their need of a larger pool of potential mentors, so this is an important way that we can help. For additional information about being a mentor, click on the “Get Involved” section of the DCTF website or email Chiquita Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in attending a special mentor training session for NCJW members, contact NCJW. We will compile a list of interested members and coordinate a training session in the next few months.