Thursday, July 24, 2014 (New York City) –Mentoring USA is proud to announce that one of our mentees, Delilah, was featured in an article entitled “Struggle Amid Progress: To Be LGBTQ in Foster Care.” Delilah is part of our Mentoring USA | LGBT Center (@LGBTCenterNYC) program, which brings adult mentors into the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ) youth like Delilah and helps them build a positive, supportive network. A Mentor meets with a young person (Mentee) approximately one hour a week to nurture and guide the young person and offer solutions to any challenges that the young person may be facing.
In New York City alone, nearly 12,000 youth are in the foster care system. Of those, between five and ten percent identify as #LGBTQ. Many are struggling with rejection or lack of support from their foster family members.
This Fall, Mentoring USA is thrilled to announce that we are expanding our partnership with The Center to reach more young people like Delilah. We are seeking ten adult Mentors to give back 40 hours of their time to Mentees who are waiting. The mentoring group meets twice a month/every other week, for two hours each meeting time.