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Welcome to South Boston TEAM Parent/Guardian Handbook

Welcome to South Boston TEAM Parent/Guardian Handbook

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History, Goals, How Mentoring Works, Policies & Procedures, Confidentiality, Parent Roles & Resources, Stages of Mentoring
History, Goals, How Mentoring Works, Policies & Procedures, Confidentiality, Parent Roles & Resources, Stages of Mentoring

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The Labouré Center275 West Broadway South Boston, MA 02127617-464-8578
 
 WELCOME TO T.E.A.M.!
Hello! Welcome to T.E.A.M! We are so excited that you and yourfamily have decided to join our program. T.E.A.M. is dedi-cated to providing South Boston youth with caring, positiveadult role models and mentors. We will work closely with you to find the best match for your youth and to providesupportive programs to meet your youth’s needs. From now on, we will be sending you flyers and invitations to upcom-ing events and activities. Please join us for as many of theseas you can. We are always looking for ways to connect withour youth and families and to have a lot of fun! We really love hearing from our youth and families, soplease don’t hesitate to be in touch. Our door is always openand we look forward to having you in our program!Sincerely,Stephanie Marian-Gould
Program Coordinator
INSIDE THISHANDBOOK 
 Welcome Note............2History & Goals..........3How MentoringHelps..........................3Policies & Procedures4Confidentiality...........4Parent Roles &Resources...................5Stages of Mentoring...5FAQs..........................6Staff Contact Info.......7Events @ T.E.A.M......7Thank You!.................7
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Stephanie Gould– Marian
 
“What I like about my mentor is that she’s always there for me.” - South Boston T.E.A.M. Mentee
Strong mentoring relationships help to build personal power in youth and in-crease the amount of positive adult support that they have, both of which aremajor indicators of youth success. With South Boston T.E.A.M, mentoring can give youth the o
 pportunity tobuild a positive, personal relationship with another caring adult 
,
establish lifeskills
ranging from learning how to make brownies from scratch to how to ridethe T, and
experiencing new and different things
such as exploring Boston mu-seums or going to a Celtics game.T.E.A.M. has 14 years’ experience running a youth mentoring program marked by positive youth outcomes, and has continued to make significant strides to- wards completion of its goals. T.E.A.M. surveys its mentees and has found that:
80%
of surveyed mentees said that their
attitude towards school is better
 
75%
of respondents stated that
they had never had a drink of alcohol
 
80%
of youth reported,
“I feel more confident of myself”90%
were better able to
resist substances
 
86%
rated the mentoring experience a positive one, citing profound impacts mentors hadon their sense of 
self-esteem and healthy decision making ability 
 
Research by the Liberty Mutual Mentoring Initiative indicates
most youth in-volved in one-on-one mentoring experience a decrease in likelihood of sub-stance abuse, an increase in self-confidence and confidence about the future,and an increase in school attendance.
These findings match up with ourT.E.A.M. surveys and demonstrate the tremendous impact mentoring can haveon youth.
HISTORY HOW CAN MENTORING HELP?
The South Boston T.E.A.M. program began in 1997, developed out of acommunity needs assessment fromthe United Way and the Labouré Cen-ter. Since its beginning, nearly 200+matches have been made and theprogram now serves 50+ teens a year.T.E.A.M. is a community-based one-on-one mentoring program in SouthBoston that matches local youth ages10-16 with a caring adult mentor.Matches commit to meeting 2 hours a week for at least 1 year. Staff recruit,screen and train mentors and men-tees, coordinate group activities, offeron-going match support and general youth outreach. The program hosts adrop-in group for unmatched youth, a youth board to plan program events, book club, and academic support.T.E.A.M. is a part of the CatholicCharities Labouré Center, which firstopened its doors in 1907. CatholicCharities is one of the largest socialservice agencies in Massachusetts with a mission of building a just andcompassionate society rooted in thedignity of all people. Catholic Chari-ties assists people without regard tofaith, age, race, gender, or sexual ori-entation at over 25 sites, such as theLabouré Center, in
Eastern MA.
GOALS OF SOUTH BOS-TON T.E.A.M.
South Boston T.E.A.M.seeks to achieve thefollowing goals for our youth through our pro-grams and services:
Enhancing the
 Resiliency
of Youth
Fostering Increased
 Self-Esteem
 
Strengthening
 School  Attachment 
 
Encouraging the Ability to make
 Positive Life Choices
 
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