Youth Leadership & Development
Fathers’ Support Center’s Youth Leadership & Development Program (YLDP) assists youth and young adults, ages 13-21, (many of whom do not typically have active or fully involved parents in their lives) develop successful paths to thriving futures.
From completing high school, higher education and choosing a professional career, to giving guidance on being a positive example for society and the community, our staff works one on one with youth to reshape their mindsets, thought processes, and outlooks.
YLDP helps program participants develop work readiness skills, build positive peer and adult relationships, encourage social and emotional learning, enhance key life skills and inspire a sense of responsibility for the community.
The pursuit of employment is supported by providing youth with transportation and professional attire, as well as interview prep sessions.
Our youth also benefit from group sessions, which focus on career exploration, post-secondary education opportunities and recreational activities through community-based learning experiences.
Youth who complete the program receive follow-up services for up to one year to support their transition into adulthood.
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Become A Community Mentor
The Fathers’ Support Center is currently seeking out professionals of all types in the Saint Louis Area to volunteer as community mentors. The community mentor should be able to provide the youth with approximately 20 hours of job shadowing experience.
The youth can complete the shadowing after-school or on the weekends. Some youth will be allowed to leave school early to arrive at their job shadowing site.
Interested community mentors can download and fill out the Volunteer Application. The completed Volunteer Application should be mailed to: Attn: Whitney Blockton, Coordinator of Youth Services Fathers’ Support Center, 4411 N. Newstead Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63115. Upon acceptance, the applicant will be notified of a training date at Fathers’ Support Center.
Youth Success Stories
Inesha Finds a Future at FSC
Through FSC’s Youth and Leadership Mentor Program, Inesha has landed a position working in packaging at Proctor & Gamble.
Inesha learned about FSC when it’s Youth team was out in the St. Louis community presenting information about their programs, said FSC Youth Case Manager Whitney Blockton.
Inesha Williams, 18, recent high school graduate, turned to FSC for help in finding employment. She wanted guidance and had a juvenile record.
“Fathers’ Support Center provides youth, like Inesha, with resume building, how to fill out a job applications and the leadership skills to stay employed,” said Blockton
“FSC helped me with finding a job by providing me a mentor. She prepared me for an interview and now I’ve passed the 60-day mark at my job! Thanks, FSC!” she said.
FSC Youth Director Aaron Harris added, “FSC Youth and Leadership & Development Program mentors assist participants in finding success for themselves and their families and their communities.”
Teen Finds Career With Help of Mentor
Caleb told his mentor, FSC Youth Director Aaron Harris, that he wanted to become an architect.
“After hearing how enthusiastic Caleb was learning more about architecture I contacted Grant Alexander of SP Architects and arranged for them to do lunch together,” said Harris
Grant gave Caleb advice on where he should further his education in architecture.
“I talked with Caleb about the difference between attending an accredited architecture university versus an unaccredited architecture university,” Grant said.
“His knowledge supported my interest in attending the University of Oklahoma which has an accredited architecture program,” said Caleb.
Caleb was also able to see first-hand some of the daily activities of an architect.
“We looked over blueprints of new projects that SP Architects were working on and he showed me the appropriate way to draw steps for a home through free hand drawing,” Caleb said.
Alexander gave the teen a few tools architects use: a scale, architecture pencil to draw steps with as well, and a lead sharpener.
Alexander was impressed with Caleb.
“I invited him to meet up again to discuss computer drafting techniques used by architects,” he added.
For more information about Youth Leadership & Development or any of our services, contact us.
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