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Y-NOW Program Seeking Volunteers
Y-NOW, the mentoring component of YMCA Safe Place Services, has begun recruiting volunteers for our Children of Prisoners program.
Kentucky has the highest percentage of youth who have experienced a parent incarcerated (13 percent of our young people compared to the national average of 7 percent). Y-NOW youth participants are 11-15 years old, living in the Louisville metro area with at least incarcerated parent. The stigma of having a parent incarcerated means that these youth often feel shame, blame, fear, ridicule and embarrassment. They often struggle academically and have a difficult time trusting adults. We believe these youth deserve a chance to become productive members of our community, but we need your help to break the cycle.
Volunteers support all phases of the Y-NOW program; however, our primary need is for folks to serve as mentors, listening and providing encouragement, support and stability so that these youth might begin to create a future that is distinctly different from the past. Volunteering with the Y-NOW program is a great way to gain insight into the lives of today's youth and to connect with people from all over our community.
No experience is needed, just heart and commitment. Training is provided.
For more information, please contact Sadie Aschbacher, Community Outreach Coordinator, at 502.855.5143 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.