Court Appointed Friend and Advocate (CAFA) Mentor Program
Many of the youth who come to FLY don’t have positive adults in their lives. The FLY CAFA Mentor Program matches motivated fun-loving volunteers with youth ages 14 to 18 on probation in Santa Clara County. Through the mentoring relationship, youth have a consistent sounding board and a caring person who helps them judge their life choices.
You and your mentee will spend time together weekly doing the things you like to do. You’ll also get to participate in monthly activities like river rafting, go-kart racing, beach BBQs, and more. In addition, as a CAFA mentor, you’ll be granted legal standing to act as an advocate for your mentee in the courtroom and at school. You’ll both be supported throughout the match by a FLY case manager, who also helps the mentee set and achieve new life goals.
As a result of participation in the Mentor Program, youth report that they want to make positive changes, that they now have hope for their futures, and that the program has given them more confidence to deal with negative peer pressure. Just by giving a few hours a week of one-on-one attention, support, and encouragement, you can spark important changes in a young person’s life.
“FLY is important because most of these kids don’t trust anyone. They do need hands-on attention. And that is what FLY mentors give them – someone they can count on and trust and have a positive relationship with. Without FLY, I know I would see far more repeat offenders. In a year of probation, the probation officer can change, the judges can change, and the only person that doesn’t change is the FLY mentor. I depend on the mentors of FLY.” Former Juvenile Court Judge Eugene Hyman
“Before FLY I was a hopeless and lost child. And now with FLY’s help I am on my way to becoming a successful adult.” — FLY Youth