The i.K.A.R.E. Transitional Mentoring Program utilizes a multi-level mentoring concept. In today’s environment, mentoring programs must produce tangible outcomes to demonstrate success. i.K.A.R.E. advances the framework of this concept by including a measurement of outcomes at multiple levels. The levels include:
Community Mentor – community volunteers who commit to a minimum one year relationship with the young adult. These relationships are designed to match vocational and recreational interests in order to create an apprentice-like relationship. Community mentors meet weekly or bi-weekly with young adults and stay in contact with the resident advisor to assist in compliance with established goals.
Peer Mentor – a participant who has successfully completed all areas of the Institute will mentor new young adults entering the program. This relationship is designed to foster positive peer influence and to assist the new resident in becoming accustomed to the Institute.
All participants in the program are pre-screened (FBI, FDLE and local background check) and assigned an adult mentor. i.K.A.R.E. believes that immediate and long-term mentor relationship are vital to the growth and development of its participants.
An advisor, who lives at the facility, provides accountability and direction for the participants. The advisor meets weekly with the young adults to track their goals, provides encouragement and advice when needed.Our program is unique due to the personalized care and attention to each program participant.