Meet the Mentor Night
Come meet our wonderful mentors who are ready to work with and support your family.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 18th at 6:30 pm
WHERE: Conference room at the Hacienda building located at 12625 High Bluff Drive, San Diego, CA 92130
Learn more about our program and the amazing people who are already a part of it.
THE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM:
This program matches your child with a high school or college-aged student who has volunteered their time to invest in mentoring a child or peer! ALL mentors are supervised by a clinical staff member at San Diego Kids First to ensure that your child is receiving optimal guidance, leadership, and overall enrichment. Furthermore, your child will be paired with a mentor based on their individualized needs, interests, and preferences!
HOW YOUR CHILD CAN BENEFIT BY BEING PAIRED WITH A MENTOR!
When asked to comment on San Diego Kids First’s new mentorship program one of our colleagues, Katie Dominguez, MS, PA, at Scripps Coastal Pediatrics, Encinitas stated:
“I believe mentor programs are a valuable resource for children with emotional, social, or behavioral challenges by providing a vital support system that complements medical care and therapy. Mentors offer children with developmental weakness a safe space to express themselves, improve confidence, and develop crucial life skills while enjoying the companionship of a caring volunteer in their community.” -Katie Dominguez, MS, PA, Scripps Coastal Pediatrics, Encinitas.
Parents: Here are some of the social, emotional, or behavioral challenges that research has shown mentors to be helpful with:
-Interacting with same-age peers
-Self-advocacy or communicating with adults
-Handing and coping with negative feelings in a developmentally appropriate way/.emotion regulation
-Feeling of ‘belonging’ and connectedness
– Relationship building
Situations a mentor can help your child successfully navigate:
– Tantrums around particular non-preferred activities (piano lessons, chores, etc.)
– Friendship making skills
– Learning Flexibility
– Resistance and/or avoidance of homework or other tasks
– Focus and/or endurance with tasks
– Handling disappointments or conflicts with siblings or peers
– Feeling ‘ lonely’, ‘unlikeable; or ‘friendless’
We are so excited to host our “Meet the Mentors Night.” If you have any questions, would like to attend our event, or would like to sign your child up for our mentorship program, please contact our office manager, Jenaya at 858-692-4187 // firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be happy to help you!
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