Please join us in our continued efforts to offer mentoring and chaplaincy to our youth! “Mentoring reduces depression symptoms and increases social acceptance, academic attitudes and grades.” (youthmentor.org)
Many youth in the juvenile detention setting suffer from trauma inflicted by adults that affects their ability to trust adults and actually changes their brain. We know that just one long-term adult relationship can begin to repair important neural pathways and can lead to transformed relationships with the adults in their lives. It is learning theory—kids associate adults with pain and learn to distrust them. When they begin to associate adults with loving and kind relationships, they begin to form bonds of trust.
Your donations are critical to keeping our mentoring program going! Our MAP Mentoring program is designed to do just this! Create a bond between mentor and youth that transforms their ability to relate to others. We see this happen in our 1:1 mentoring and chaplain sessions along with our LGBTQ+ youth group that we lead within a detention setting. Talk about a tough place for kids!
Because we cannot take gifts into detention this year, we are planning a 2021 that gifts the workbook Ink About It to all the youth in Washington affected by incarceration in JRA or King County. Along with the book, we hope to fund mentor/ chaplain stipends, along with mileage reimbursement.
More information: https://thechurchcouncil.org/gracious-giving/
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Rev. Terri Jane Stewart