We provide one to one long term mentors who provide consistent support for youth on their journey of healing as they move toward self-efficacy and healthy relationships. Regularly, we provide mentor-mentee meet ups in person and/or virtual.
COVID-19 Virtual Adaptation: Our mentors are adjusting to meet the needs of our youth. They are providing more frequent calls, texts, letter writing, and video calls. We know that social distancing can create feelings of isolation for our youth and mentors are providing a safe place for youth to experience their emotions and will help them navigate their daily actions and interactions. Parent and family needs are shifting as well as placements for youth who are in short term shelters. In order to meet youth where they currently are, our mentors are planning the following:
- Plan a daily check in text or call
- Plan a routine that you can both do, such as a book to be reading and check in on, or a movie or show you can watch separately and then talk about together
- Continue to talk about future plans and goals and ways to continue moving forward in this season. Stay positive and remind them of the things that they are in control of.
Ho’ola Na Pua’s Starfish HOTLINE (808-222-1872) is OPEN 24/7 for call or text if youth and young adults need support or someone to talk to. It is also open to request a mentor for yourself or if you are an advocate, physician, or guardian, acting on behalf of a youth.