Become a mentor and help a child succeed through the Special Friends Program

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (WYOMING NEWS NOW) -- Cheyenne Youth Alternatives stopped by the station to share about the Special Friends Program.

What Does It Mean To Be A Special Friend?

The most important part of becoming a Special Friend is the opportunity to be a genuine friend to a young person in our community. By investing a few hours a week, you can be a positive role model by sharing everyday activities, hobbies and past times—in short, just having fun! Call 637-6480 to request an application and learn more.

IT’S EASY TO BE A CHILD’S STAR

Being a Special Friend is not hard and it might just be the most rewarding thing you have ever done. The most important part of being a Special Friend is being a genuine friend to a young person in our community. You share everyday activities, show them new opportunities and experience joy in the simplest events.

Being a Special Friend is something that almost anyone can do. The only requirements are a willingness to make a new friend and a desire to share your time and some fun with a child.

As a Special Friend, you really do become a child’s star just by sharing everyday activities: playing sports, seeing movies, cooking, going over homework, visiting museums, wash-ing the car, taking walks, volunteering together or just hanging out.

A Special Friend can help a young person discover a world of possibilities and opportunities simply by being a genuine friend and mentor. Three or four hours a week shared with a young person can change lives—yours and theirs.

WE ARE THERE FOR YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY

From training to ending your match, we are there to support all of our Special Friends volunteers.

The Special Friends staff carefully matches each volunteer with the right youth and ensures that the relationship will be safe and rewarding for everyone involved.

The Special Friends staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer questions and for support.

WHY YOU SHOULD BE A SPECIAL FRIEND

Throughout the mentoring process, a trusting and meaningful relationship is developed between an adult and a youth. You become Special Friends. This relationship is often the one constant, positive thing in the youth’s life.

As a Special Friend, you will impact a child’s life in many ways. Studies show that youth who have mentors have:

Better school attendance
Increased chances of higher education
A more positive attitude toward school
Improved grades
Lower substance use and abuse
Less violent behavior
A more positive attitude about the future
A more positive attitude about the elderly

YOUTH ALTERNATIVES
1328 Talbot Court Cheyenne, WY 82001
307-637-6480
youthalternatives.net