Douglas County Partners provides services to at-risk youth, ages 8-17, primarily through matching them with adult volunteers in mentoring relationships.
Youth reside in Douglas County, and are deemed at-risk by the youth service agencies that refer them to our organization.
Our Partnerships (mentor and mentee matches) spend an average of 3 hours per week together for at least a year. Mentoring at Douglas County Partners is community-based and one-on-one.
To date Partners has served over 16,000 youth. Services provided to these youth and volunteers include: ongoing case management; educational/recreational activities; training for youth, parents and volunteers; gang intervention/prevention services; and community service projects.
Kids change significantly after one year in a Partnership:
Less self-reported delinquency
Increased bonding with an adult other than a family member
Increased self-esteem and self efficacy
Increased commitment to not use alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs