Mentoring Children of Prisoners (MCP) Program: Making Children a Priority

An incarceration affects the entire family. The child may have a hard time adjusting to a change in the family structure or feel uneasy about explaining the situation to well-meaning peers and adults.

Father and son playing basketballThe MCP program is FREE and available to youth 4 to 18 years old who have been affected by the incarceration (past or present) of someone in their lives. Each child is paired with an adult who takes on the role of a friend- NOT a substitute parent.

“I feel grateful with my mentor in my life right now. He has helped me understand some stuff.”

– Derrick*, mentee

The staff at Seton Youth Shelters works closely with caregivers, mentors and mentees to ensure the best experience for everyone.  We value caregiver input while setting goals for the mentor-mentee relationship. Children and caregivers will not be pressured to talk about the incarceration.  Mentors provide consistent, individual attention to their mentee. Their time together may include participating in recreational, education, or cultural activities.  Mentors and mentees commit to spending a minimum of four hours together each month for at least one year.

“I am very happy to have Mia’s* mentor. She is very nice and kind. I like the way she calls Mia during the week to see how she is doing. Mia really needs that.” – Alexis*, caregiver

Do you know a child who could benefit from a mentor? Have questions about MCP? 

Download our Mentee Brochure for Parents

Download our Mentee Application

Interested in becoming a mentor?

Benefits of Mentoring Include:

The rewarding feeling that comes from helping a child

Being able to be a “big kid” when you are with your mentee

The ability to adapt your volunteer time to your personal schedule, including evenings and weekends

Doing what you enjoy anyway, while having a positive impact on a child

Volunteer mentors must commit to spending at least four hours per month with a mentee for one year.  Minimum requirements to become a mentor include: age 20 or older, reliable transportation, valid license and auto insurance and the ability to pass background checks. Mentors will also complete an application and interview process followed by a training to prepare the mentor for his or her match.

“I continue to enjoy spending time with Whitney*. She is a great kid with lots of potential. I look forward to our weekly outings and phone calls.” Rachel*, mentor

Download our Mentor Brochure for Interested Mentors

Download our Mentor Application

*Names changed to protect the privacy of our clients.