Elevate Mentoring

Missouri | Texas


Mentors meet weekly with children at home, school or in the community to implement customized plans for overcoming challenging behaviors or long-term struggles.

Studies show that young people with mentors are 52% less likely to skip school and 32% less likely to act out violently. Mentors help children deal constructively with their frustrations, disappointments and school and family issues. PCHAS operates two mentoring programs.

In the Texas Elevate Mentoring program:

  • Trained community members work with children who wish to focus on one of the "three C's": character, college, or career.
  • Mentors understand that not every child will have or choose the same path.
  • Children ages 5-18 learn how to set goals and build relationships.
  • Transportation is provided and weekly meetings occur after school hours and on weekends.

In Missouri, Elevate Mentoring was called Therapeutic Mentoring for many years. The new name reflects how the program lifts up children and their communities. It works with each child and his/her family to set goals and reach them.

In the Missouri Elevate Mentoring program:

  • Referrals are accepted from families and school counselors for children ages 5-19.
  • Paid therapeutic mentors have a degree in a social science or education.
  • Mentors meet with the children at home, school or in the community at least once a week for up to a year.
  • The program is free to any at-risk child in the areas served.

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