Partnerships for Children
YES Mentor Program
Partnerships for Children provides a myriad of services for abused and neglected children in our community who are in the care of Child Protective Services. Youth Empowerment & Success (YES) Mentor Program, identifies children 16 to 18 residing in group or foster care, and who would benefit most from a mentor and a financial literacy training program. Each participant receives a bank account with a stipend supported by a curriculum that includes banking, credit, saving, budgets, investing, and other topics as preparation to live as an adult. A well-trained volunteer works individually to mentor a child until he turns 18 with the opportunity for the relationship to continue on its own, and they both meet once a month in small groups as well. The program strives to decrease negative life outcomes for these youth, such as homelessness, incarceration, unemployment, teen pregnancy, and poverty. Impact Austin’s grant will support Partnerships for Children to continue this successful program.