Survivors of sex trafficking have said that having even one safe and trusted adult in their life was enough to give them the hope to go on. Will you be that “one” in the life of a child?
Hoʻōla Nā Pua’s Starfish Mentoring Program provides mentoring with health-centric, trauma-informed care and support that addresses the unique needs of survivors of sex trafficking and those at risk. Weekly meetings are activity-based and led by extensively trained mentors aged twenty-one or older. Mentors offer support and advocacy while serving as positive role models to program participants, ages 11-21, known as mentees. Advised by the Activities Coordinator, mentors carefully select activities that encourage forward-thinking, self-empowerment, and prosocial skills.
As a volunteer mentor, you can make a huge difference in the life and future of a young person in Hawaii. Minimum requirements include; age 21 or older, commitment to the program of at least one year, 24 hours of specialized training plus 6 hours of shadowing prior to mentoring, 2 hours per week of activity-based mentoring, 2 hours per month of ongoing mentor training, adherence to program guidelines and strict policies regarding mentee contact, and ability to pass all screening and background requirements, and reliable transportation.
HNP does not take the responsibility or the value of mentoring lightly and neither should you. If you think you have what it takes to be a Starfish mentor, we’d love to hear from you. Please send questions or comments to: [email protected]