Ready for Life can't serve former foster youth alone and it is our connection to the community that strengthens all of the work we do. Whether we are educating the community about foster care challenges, building relationships with community partners or getting the community directly involved with the youth, you are the piece of the puzzle that we need.
Be the One
Be the One, our life-changing mentoring program, is designed to help create a sense of belonging for our youth. We encourage mentors to share their knowledge, specialties, and caring hearts. Mentors are incredibly important for our youth that have aged out of foster care.
Mentors tell us every day how fulfilling it is to be alongside their resilient mentees. Building a Mentor/Mentee relationship takes a little time as the young adults we serve overcome their experiences with abandonment in childhood, and it’s worth the investment. Having a mentor makes a tremendous difference in the lives of these young adults.
Imagine having someone to turn to for the first time in your life? Imagine going through life without someone to celebrate successes and help brainstorm solutions when things get challenging. It’s easier than you may think to line up beside your RFL Mentee. Mentors are often surprised that it takes as little as an hour a week to have this kind of life-changing impact, but it’s true. We see it time and time again.
Volunteer with Us
There is a place for everyone at Ready for Life! We do all the things with our RFL family that we do with our own families. If you like to cook or bake, help with homework, play board games, or even if you just like to hang out, you are a perfect volunteer at RFL.
We have a number of events, virtually and in person, throughout the year that we always need volunteers to help run smoothly. Whatever your skillset or however much or little time you have to give, there is a way to help at Ready for Life!
Attend a Training
All volunteers and mentors must go through a registration process, background check, and orientation. Pick the date that works for you. You will tour our Skill Center, learn the ins and outs of what we do, and prepare to Change Lives!
Thursday, November 9, 2023 6pm-7:30pm
Thursday, January 11, 2024 6pm-7:30pm
Thursday, February 15, 2024 6pm-7:30pm
Thursday, March 14, 2024 6pm-7:30pm
Thursday, April 11, 2024 6pm-7:30pm
Thursday, May 9, 2024 6pm-7:30pm
Thursday, June 13, 2024 6pm-7:30pm
Thursday, July, 11, 2024 6pm-7:30pm
Thursday, August 8, 2024 6pm-7:30pm
Thursday, September 12, 2024 6pm-7:30pm
Thursday, October 10, 2024 6pm-7:30pm
Thursday, November 14, 2024 6pm-7:30pm
Wednesday, January 10, 2024 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Wednesday, March 14, 2024 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Wednesday, May 9, 2024 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Wednesday, September 12, 2024 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Volunteers are almost always needed at Ready for Life events! Most youth events involve some form of guest speaker or an activity that helps the young adults we serve understand how they can lead a healthier life; at those events our volunteers are asked to help RFL staff with a variety of tasks, and Mentor Mingle spots are dedicated to Volunteers that want to become mentors. By attending events, you become a familiar face to youth and that drastically increases the chances of a mentor match becoming successful. We also host a number of fundraising events throughout the year. We are looking forward to having you join the Ready for Life Family!
Register to Volunteer
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