“I wasn’t in a position to adopt or foster but I wanted to help in some way. It makes me feel good when my mentee comes alive talking about things that he wants or needs and admitting that he cares about things because I don’t think he gets enough chances to dream in his current situation.”
Supporting Opportunities to Achieve & Rise
More than anything, youth in foster care need a caring and consistent adult. Youth in foster care are just like any other teen, they want to have fun and be loved unconditionally. They need someone to bounce their ideas off, someone that will listen and be there, but also knows when to share sound advice and guide them towards their goals.
The S.O.A.R. mentor program, in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Alabama, is designed to create lasting connections for Alabama’s youth in foster care who are at risk of entering adulthood without a lifelong relationship with a stable adult. Young people who leave foster care—with little support and few skills—are at risk for a host of negative outcomes.
In this program, youth ages 10 and up are matched with mentors in a one-on-one relationship.
Our mentors can provide that sense of security and guidance for their mentees.
“One of the things I love about Heart Gallery is this mentor program because I can’t tell you the difference it makes to have one adult advocating for one child, supporting them, encouraging them, helping them find answers to their questions about jobs or school or dealing with different life pressures.”
“A lot of these things I had to learn the hard way because I didn’t have somebody to show me.
They need to know that people care about them, they need to know that they are doing good, that someone thinks about them, validates them, and tells them it’s ok.”