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January is National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month, a period promoting the importance of youth mentoring and highlighting the many success stories accredited to the mentors who showed up when they were needed the most.

Our volunteer Advocates are the pillar of our mission. Beyond advocating for services like therapy, and acting as the “eyes and ears” for our judges, our volunteers also mentor our CASA kids through what is often the most challenging time of their young lives. Our Advocates strive to give their youth the stepping stones to a happy, healthy life, and boost their self-esteem as they venture through the foster care system.

One of our favorite CASA stories, featured in our 2016 Gallery of Hope, demonstrates why having a CASA volunteer is a benefit that we wish for all foster children.

“When I [CASA Advocate] met Jessica for the first time in the visitation room at the Juvenile Detention Center, she was angry, untrusting, and defiant. She had been in placement with CPS for 7 months and had already run away from 2 placements. I saw a young teenage mom who was desperate; but who had a desire to be a loving mom for her son. Before being able to be a mom, Jessica needed to learn many skills to help her be successful. Over the next year, I pushed for therapy, parenting classes, sexual abuse classes, different placements, and more frequent visits with her son. Jessica and I established a bond that will never be broken.

Eventually, Jessica made the brave and loving decision to relinquish her rights as a mom. Her son had been in placement with the same loving foster parents for 18 months who wanted to adopt him.  Jessica continues to mature and improve herself as a young woman. She is very close to graduating from high school.  Her room is decorated with flowers and butterflies above the crib that awaits her new baby girl. She is almost 19 and is blossoming into a beautiful young woman.”

With her volunteer’s continuous mentorship and reassurance, Jessica was able to make a life-altering decision that allowed her to grow as a young woman and mother. Jessica’s dedicated Advocate allowed her to build her self-esteem and encouraged her to be confident in her own choices.

If you’re looking for a unique, fulfilling volunteer experience, becoming an Advocate might be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for! Join our team and give a voice to the abuse and neglected children in Bexar County. 

January is National Mentoring Month