Find-A-Friend Youth Program
Find-A-Friend’s Mission: Is to deter youth ages 6-17 from adjudication or further court involvement by improving behavior, enhancing academic achievements, and building positive relationships within the community.
The Find-A-Friend (FAF) program began in 1982. It was one of the first mentoring programs that Governor Hunt supported and established in North Carolina. Since then it has flourished and added afterschool components to keep kids fully motivated and enriched with workshops, activities, and a wrap-around support system designed to prevent further court involvement and to improve their academic success, as well as their behavior at school, home and in the community. Serving almost 200 at risk-youth per year with over an 80% success rate is how FAF affects this community. It costs tax payers over $120,000 per year to house 1 juvenile in confinement, and the cost to our community is limitless when a youth yields to the temptations of chronic truancy, crime and anti-social behavior. It takes less than $1,500 to sponsor a youth
Afterschool Group Workshops - Provides weekly group sessions with structure and guidance for identifying and addressing social problems and challenges with youth. The youth served (at-risk & law enforcement involved), generally ages 7-17, get the tools to strengthen their social skills, modify behavior, and improve relationships at home/school/community. The group sessions and workshops provide educational, recreational, and cultural activities applied with life skills and character building lessons to help youth set and achieve their short and long-term goals. FAF also offers Leadership personalized program for academic success, post-secondary education preparation, and career preparation & placement. Services provided include tutoring, College/Career/Vocational Preparation, Training on Professional Dress, Character Building, Life Skills, Career Development, Professional Career-Focused Mentorship and Job Coaching, and Community Service Opportunities. The FAF program uses these workshops along with parent support workshops and trainings to provide “wrap around” services for youth in the community
Mentoring: Find-A-Friend strives to match mentors with youth that are ages 6-17 years old. The mentoring component matches these youth with trained positive adult role models in a mentor-protégé relationship. Each volunteer/mentor is required to spend 8 hours per month, or 2 hours weekly for a full year with his or her youth. FAF also facilitates group mentoring for civic organizations to work with groups of youth on projects and activities. If you are interested in becoming a mentor please read below:
FAF Summer Achievement Camps & Incentives (For successful & progressing youth)
The rewards and incentives of achieving goals in the Find-A-Friend program are truly about a support system for the youth. Each summer FAF runs its summer camps from June-August for all youth that have excelled and improved behavior since their enrollment in the program. These camps are about exposing the youth to educational, personal enrichment, and diversification experiences & activities. Through donations and grants within the community the FAF staff and volunteers are able to take youth on trips to the Asheboro, N.C Zoo, Ft. Fisher Aquarium of Wilmington, N.C, Exploris Museum of Raleigh, N.C, Emerald Point of Greensboro, N.C, and the Planetarium, to name a few. Other activities include swimming, ice and roller skating, rock climbing, fishing, clay molding, cooking and visiting theatres, museums and historical sites. Youth also participate in daily team building, character development, and intellectual stimulation exercises. The biggest and most traditional incentive for the FAF program is the annual Myrtle Beach trip. All youth that qualify for this trip have shown marked improvement in their academic record and behavior during their tenure in the program.
Each year FAF gives a scholarship to a deserving youth, funded by the Fred and June Aysse donations through the Cumberland Community Foundation. This scholarship is awarded to a youth or young adult that has graduated from the FAF program successfully, completed high school, has stayed away from the court system and has enrolled in college.
The local Juvenile Crime Prevention Council is the biggest funding source to the FAF program. However, community donations, fund raisers, and smaller funding grants through Fayetteville Urban Ministry all make it possible to serve the diverse population of youth with whom we work with each year.
Two Ways to Volunteer for this Program:
1. Volunteer For This Program
2. Fill out the Volunteer Application, mail it or bring it to us.
Youth Referral Form
FAF Advisory Council
Chair: Angela Stewart - email@example.com
Address: PO Box 1171, Fayetteville NC, 28302
725 West Rowan Street | Fayetteville NC 28301 | 910.483.4661 (o) | 910.483.4984 (f)