Benefits of MentoringWhy join the mentor program
Youth consistently display measurable benefits from mentoring, irrespective of their level of assessed risk. The study tracked 1,310 youth of diverse backgrounds and risk levels over a thirteen month mentor program.
A post-assessment of the youth demonstrated significant improvements when compared to individual pre-assessments, as well as assessments of non-mentored youth, in the following areas:
- • Fewer depressive symptoms
- • Greater acceptance by their peers
- • More positive beliefs about their ability to succeed in school
- • Better grades in school
Director of Youth Services
Adriel Person - Director of Youth Services
Was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and is an alumni of Benson Polytechnic High School. Adriel has over 6 years of non-profit and social services experience working in family support and youth development and over 10 years of business management experience. New to the POIC + RAHS family, Adriel was hired as the Director of Youth Services, overseeing the Mentor Programs, Young Parent Services, and in charge of implementing House Bill 2016: Closing the Achievement Gap.
Before coming to POIC + RAHS, Adriel earned her Masters of Human Relations and Organizational Development along with a Bachelors of Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. While at the University of Oklahoma Adriel competed in Track and Field and earned national status as a member of the University’s 4x400 meter relay. Adriel is driven by her belief that every person is responsible for making their community and society as a whole a better place than they found it.
Adriel enjoys spending time with her family, reading, learning new things and cooking.
Mantra: LOVE The Life You Live and Live The Life You LOVE!
Mentoring at RAHS
The RAHS mentorship program is centered on increasing academic aptitude, pursuit of post – secondary education, exploration of careers and personal development. These focuses provide a structure and context in which match relationships can grow and strengthen, while providing youth with confidence and tools necessary to successfully transition into post-secondary options.
We invite mentors with similar socio-economic backgrounds as our mentees from local Universities/Colleges, small businesses and other local professional organizations to partner with RAHS.
The Peer Mentor Program of Rosemary Anderson High School/POIC’s Graduate Transitions Program facilitates mentoring relationships within the population of graduates. POIC is dedicated to serving youth until they reach the age of 25 and this program further ensures that service.
RAHS senior and recent graduate males of color, ages 17 to 20, and considered highest-risk will be targeted for participation as mentees. RAHS graduates, ages 21 to 27, who have successfully transitioned into postsecondary education and/or career-path employment are targeted for mentor positions. Through monthly activities and trainings for mentors and mentees of the program, the participants are served in line with the Collective Impact community effort of the organization as a whole. Mentors will meet with mentees on a weekly basis and resources, incentives, and services will be provided to both with the continued aid of those individuals in mind. The model is based in evidence-based, research-based, and practice-based prevention and intervention approaches with the help of Oregon Mentors. The Peer Mentor Program is under the umbrella of Oregon Mentors and through that relationship has access to mentoring research, organizational trainings, and standards of effective evidence-based practices which have proven successful.
Peer Mentor Program staff will form relationships with RAHS seniors and grads identified as mentee candidates; after screening interested mentees complete an evidence-based matching process, are paired with a peer mentor, and commit to at least one year of participation. Mentees and mentors build trusting relationships which help youth build self-confidence, seek advice from a credible source, connect with resources and individuals, and improve overall wellbeing and academic achievement.
The mentor programs serves CHI male youth on probation. There is a Boys to Men group every other week, we play basketball in the week between group, and have a monthly activity such as Great Wolf Lodge, Seaside Beach trip, and Bullwinkle’s.
The program gives at risk youth an opportunity to bond with a male adult who has lived experience through systems and can role-model appropriate developmental behavior.
MentoringBecoming a Mentor
For many of our students, an audience with a mentor is often the first time ever, that they have been so intently listened to and focused on. The time, attention and influence of a successful adult, engaged in study or career experiences can profoundly influence the confidence and direction our students choose.
Our goal is to foster caring adult relationships for students through our one-on-one mentoring program and to build links between the school, family, and the community.
RAHS volunteer mentors provide weekly face to face one-on-one mentoring with a student for at least an hour a week for the entire year. Mentors also attend monthly program activities including bowling, football games, college tours, etc. Mentored students attend monthly support meetings with program staff.
The High School mentoring program, our teachers and social workers have witnessed many times, the powerful difference that the connection with a mentor can make in the life of a young student with little support or role modeling at home.