Folsom Cordova community partnership
Folsom Cordova Community Partnership’s mission is to enhance the education, health, and well-being of the children, youth, and adults of the community by respecting their different backgrounds and providing them with a support system (Folsom Cordova Community Partnership, 2020). All the participants we are engaging with are in Refugee Youth Mentoring, a program designed to help refugee youth better integrate their communities and American culture and build skills through a one-on-one mentoring relationship. The role taken on as a mentor at FCCP is not only to perform volunteer work in a pre-existing system and help them increase their English skills but to provide services to a group of students that you are capable of performing as a team. The goal is to create a welcoming space for the individuals who reach out to FCCP where they feel heard and wanted. We aimed to use this opportunity to build strong relationships with our students built on respect and trust and overall being a friend and role model simultaneously. Overall, the students we worked with were more inclined to strive for their own success when they had a mentor alongside them to encourage them throughout their learning process because they noticed that they have someone rooting for their success and personal development. Through our conversations, the refugees were able to voice their own opinions, own their own identity, and ease into their new environment with our help.