Fairfax Families4Kids is a mentoring program for adolescents and young adults (ages 12-21) in foster care or kinship families. The program provides regularly scheduled community events and educational, social, service and recreational activities as an opportunity for youth to learn independent living skills for transition into adulthood.
Fairfax Families4Kids provides a safe social network for the development of self-esteem, social skills and trust, in addition to the development of a sense of importance, group identity and belonging. Participants interact in the community as part of a group, meeting mentors, potential adoptive families and dedicated volunteers. They also give back to the community increasing their sense of self-worth and empowerment through a variety of social action projects.
Events are typically scheduled twice a month and are always accompanied by staff, mentors and community volunteers and partners.
The purpose of Fairfax Families4Kids is to complement existing county services by supporting the youth in forming healthy, positive, permanent relationships with caring adults and peers through group and individual mentoring activities. These activities are focused on 4 main outcome areas:
- Interpersonal & Social Skills: conflict resolution, effective communication and working with others, self-advocacy, meaningful participation and positive behavior in the community, problem solving, accepting differences, identifying interests
- Life Skills Needed to Transition to a Safe & Successful Adulthood: basics of home economics, budgeting and money matters, resources sharing on local services for housing and mental health, medical insurance, banking, healthy eating and food preparation, exercise and leisure skill development
- Job & Educational Skills: resume writing, interview skills, dressing appropriately, transportation options, career exploration, continuing education resources, computer skills
- Self-Improvement Skills: stress management, positive self-image/worth, exploring leisure interests, building confidence, managing anger, building trust, goal setting
For more information about Fairfax Families4Kids, please contact Jernita Smith, Program Coordinator at (703) 324-7518, TTY 711, or firstname.lastname@example.org.