According to the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES), 723 young adults aged 18 and older left foster care in fiscal year 2012. Without family or the support from a caring adult, statistics indicate that many of these young adults will experience homelessness, incarceration and/or poverty. In an attempt to improve the success of teens “aging out” of foster care, Arizona’s Children Association (AzCA) has created THRIVE, a mentor program designed to enhance support for many of these young adults.
The THRIVE Mentor Program is dedicated to one-on-one mentoring that helps foster care youth thrive and achieve the same success as their peers who are not involved in foster care.
The THRIVE Mentor Program is now recruiting community members and foster care alumni from around the state to be mentors for young adults ages 17-19. Mentors are asked to commit to working with their mentee for two years in order to assist them in their transition into adulthood. THRIVE mentors must be at least 21 years old, demonstrate life skills and achievement, and have at least one year of experience working with adolescents. All mentors will receive the training, support and resources necessary to understand the transition planning process and to cultivate a successful mentor relationship.