Children and teens with diagnosed mental health issues need
someone who believes in them and who will be there to share the good and the bad times.
The COMPEER SARASOTA Youth Program matches volunteers with children and youth ages 5 to 17 who have a diagnosed mental health disorder and whose illness would benefit and be improved through a consistent relationship
and interaction with a friend. The volunteer’s job is to provide social, recreational and academic experiences which
integrate the child into the community. Volunteers are not therapists, but their role is to be a friend, mentor and role model to the child.
Volunteers participate with their matches in experiences of mutual interest such as visiting museums, attending sporting events, dining out, help with homework, tutoring, art projects, and outdoor recreation. (This list is limited only by your imagination and the youth’s interests.) Since social media is such a very big part of their lives, the volunteer can also count on being in touch with his or her match through email, texting, Facebook, and other forms of social media communication.
Volunteers are well-prepared to interact with their matches. Mental health professionals who recommend youth to the program will be in touch with and provide support to the volunteer. The Compeer youth volunteer coordinator is also available to provide help and advice, as are teachers and parents of the youth.
It adds to their lives and most certainly, it will add to yours. Everybody wins.