Clubs and Mentoring

What happens after the last day of Royal Family KIDS Camp?

The five days are over and you are waving goodbye. You know that this week changed lives—but you ache to do more for your campers. For Royal Family KIDS Counselors and Staff, this is the toughest moment of all. Now there is something more you can do to help abused children heal. You can launch the Clubs and Mentoring! MENTORS Special bonds are established during the week of Royal Family KIDS Camp. After Camp is over, that bond is carried over into a one on one mentoring relationship through Club & Mentoring. Participating Campers are matched with trained mentors from the Royal Family KIDS Camp team. Mentors and their mentees spend four hours together each month doing fun activities and building healthy adult-to-child relationships. This relationship is built upon:

  • Trust – the Camper and mentor have already met and established a level a trust from their five days at Camp together
  • Safety – every Mentor is interviewed, trained, supervised and background checked
  • Commitment – each Mentor, mentee and caregiver commit to nine months of Club and one on one mentoring time

Roughly 55% of foster children in the US have had three or more placements. 33% of foster children change elementary schools five or more times, losing relationships and falling behind educationally.* Therefore, having a consistent mentor is VITAL. Throughout the school year campers and their mentors attend a once a month Club meeting. Club is a place where a camper can reconnect with many of the participating staff members from Camp as well as build lasting friendships with the other campers who are being mentored. Who Can Start a Club? A Camp that has completed two successful years of Camp is eligible to send volunteers to the National Club/Mentor training. Who Can Participate in Club? Any child 6-12 who attends Royal Family KIDS Camp is also eligible to be matched with a trained mentor the same year they attend camp. Graduating Campers are eligible for the Club program the same year they graduate from Camp. A Camper can be in the Club program for as long as they attend Camp or until they graduate from the Club program. Participation is only limited by the number of trained Mentors and the geographic area covered.

For more information on the Clubs and Mentoring please contact:

Kerry Rhodes

714-438-2494 ext: 117

KerryR@royalfamilykids.org

National Mentor Director/Club Coordinator Training:

  • September 15-17, 2016 – Midland, MI   (CLOSED!)

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Source: AFCARS Report, No. 19

 

Click below to listen to Kaci Redmond as she shares her story of becoming a mentor after serving at Camp!

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