About

 
YFC believes in the value of relationship. It is what drives us as humans. Mentoring embodies relationship and embraces the value of on another's story. Through mentoring we believe there will be an uprising of youth who discover who they are and the importance of having a caring, Christian adult in their life.
 
YFC Mentoring sees the importance Jesus placed on mentoring through His relationship with His disciples. The vision of YFC Mentoring is to create a safe space for sharing your life story and listening to others, seeing how they connect to the very heartbeat of God.
 

YFC Mentoring Mission

Developing a community of leaders to engage in mentor relationships with youth providing guidance, and empowering them to reach their full potentional in Christ.

How Do We Do This?

  • Prayer
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Biblical Teaching
  • Collaborative Community
  • Adults Who Empower

"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." - Proverbs 27:17

The Need for Mentoring

Nationally:

  • About 40% of a teenager’s waking hours are spent without companionship or supervision. Mentors provide teens with a valuable place to spend free time. (National Mentoring Partnership, 2014)
  • Over 40% of American youth are born to single moms
  • 70% of church youth are no longer in church by age 22
Exposure to Violence:
  • Nearly 60% of children (ages 17 and younger) surveyed were exposed to violence within the past year (directly, as victims, or indirectly, as witnesses)
  • Nearly 50% of children and adolescents surveyed were assaulted at least once in the past year
  • Nearly 10% saw one family member assault another
(Us Department of Justice - Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Oct 2009)
Bullying:
  • Overall, 13.2 percent of those surveyed reported having been physically bullied within the past year, and more than one in five (21.6 percent) reported having been physically bullied during their lifetimes. (US Department of Jusice - Office of Juvenilfe Justice and Delinquency Prevention Oct 2009)
  • About 160,000 children miss school every day out of fear of being bullied.
  • 2.7 million students being bullied each year (in 2010).
  • 1 in every 10 students drops out or changes schools because of repeated bullying.
  • About 282,000 students are reportedly attacked in high schools across the country each month.

www.bullyingstatistics.org

Locally:

  • As of October 2014, 8% of teens ages 16-19 in district 23 of NY were neither attending school nor working (Population Reference Beaurea – datacenter.kidscount.org)
  • 12% of children in our district are living in extreme poverty (50%) as of Sept. 2014
  • 37% of children in our district lived in single parent homes as of Oct. 2014
  • 18% of births in NY are to mothers with less than 12 years education – July 2015 (This is compared to 16% nationally)
  • 17% of children in NY have 1 or more emotional, behavioral, or developmental conditions as of Aug. 2013
  • 68,183 children in NY state were confirmed to have been the victims of abuse and/or maltreatment by Child Protective Services (CPS) in 2012 – 95% (or 64,443) were neglect cases

The Crisis of Fatherlessness

  • An estimated 24.35 million children (33.5 percent) live absent their biological father.   Source: Krieder, Rose M. and Jason Fields. Living Arrangements of Children 2001. Current Population Reports, p. 70-104. Table 1. Washington, DC: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005.
  • Nearly 40 percent of babies born in the United States in 2007 were delivered by unwed mothers, according to data released last month by the National Center for Health Statistics. The 1.7 million out-of-wedlock births, of 4.3 million total births, marked a more than 25 percent jump from five years before.
  • 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from    
  •          fatherless homes (Center for Disease Control).
  • 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes ( National
  •         Principals Assoc. report on the Stat. of High Schools).
  • 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from  
  •         fatherless homes (Rainbows for all God’s children).
  • 70% of kids that live in state operated institutions are from fatherless
  •         homes (US Dept. of Justice Special Report).
  • 85% of all kids locked up in youth prisons had no father involved in 
  •         their lives (Texas Dept. of Corrections). 

The Benefits of Mentoring

  • Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters). (National Mentoring Partnership, 2014)
  • Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters) (National Mentoring Partnership, 2014)
  • 59% of mentored teens get better grades (Children Uniting Nations, 2015) (Children Uniting Nations, 2015)
  • 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor. (Mentor, 2015)
  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities. (Mentor, 2015)
  • In a landmark study on mentoring 1,000 kids were taken from a mentoring program waiting list to be studied.  500 of the kids were matched with a mentor and 500 of the children were not matched with a mentor.  In just 18 months, here is what happened.  Kids matched with a mentor were 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 33% less likely to engage in violence, 53% less likely to skip school, and 27% less likely to begin using alcohol. (Public Private Ventures / BBBS, 1993)