GLOBAL FC MENTOR PROGRAM RESPONSE TO COVID-19
COVID-19 has affected us all. For our GlobalFC youth, their lives have changed in numerous ways, but our commitment to them has not wavered. Staying proactive and innovative, rather than being reactive during this crisis is key. Mentorship at Global FC has evolved to continue engagement with youth in various safe ways. Mentors have become a much needed voice of encouragement and accountability in the midst of the loud noise of fear. Maintaining strong lines of communication with the family unit allows our team to be aware of the immediate need for food and to ensure resources get to the most vulnerable as fast as possible. The strength of our family engagement efforts prove true during this time as our volunteers have become a bridge between families and other agencies providing essential support, including locking arms with our trusted partner, the Kansas City Public School district. Collaboration is a strategic model that proves effective during these testing times. Through collective impact, we can do more together.
Other ways that mentors are being proactive is by sharing important information about how to stay physically safe and mentally strong during this pandemic. Most importantly, they are offering an ear to listen as a person of support and accountability to ensure our kids can be successful in this new learning climate. We must stay mindful of the reality that First Generation Immigrant and Refugee Youth (FGIRY) have experienced complex traumas including war, resettlement, persecution, and loss of loved ones. Unhealed wounds and trauma are often unaddressed as youth are forced to adapt and survive in their new host culture in America. Outlets such as school and soccer provide an escape from responsibilities beyond their age and to simply be a kid. Soccer serves as a space where the youth can experience a sense of normalcy, away from the stressors of home life. With both of those outlets temporarily and abruptly removed, traumas and behavioral issues may quickly resurface. Positive and encouraging mentor voices are needed now more than ever. YOUR voice can be a force for transformation, healing, and to breathe life into our city! Consider joining our ENGAGEMENT team at Global FC Community. For more information, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Global FC Mentoring Program harnesses the power of relationships to guide youth in discovering their greatest purpose and potential. Vibrant communities are built as youth become thriving members of society, while mentor’s lives become transformed through this rich experience.
“Family isn’t always blood. Family isn’t about happy moments only it’s about sad moments too. It’s the people who love you in their lives, the one’s who would do anything to see you smile and love you no matter what happens. To that’s Global FC, it’s family to me.”
–Happy Melly – Congo
What makes the Global FC mentoring different?
“Global FC means so much to me. I have been given so many opportunities that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. Opportunities that will further my success as an individual. Growing up, I’ve always envisioned using my voice for something greater than myself. I can wholeheartedly say that I’ve found that in Global FC. My role as a mentor has given me so much purpose in life. The difference between saying you support refugees and actually interacting with them and having a positive impact on them is so huge. It’s crazy to think how much of an impact you can have on someone but even crazier to think how much you can be impacted yourself. But in the end, Global FC means love. No matter how difficult a time may be or how impossible a solution may seem, love will conquer.”
(Merriam Haydaripoor, Global FC mentor)
Global FC mentoring is grounded in the philosophy that all young people need the guidance and support of positive influences and relationships to develop and flourish as human beings, overcome personal challenges, and reach their full God-given purpose and potential. In turn, they become ambassadors,empowered to create a better and more just community and society. Global FC mentoring accomplishes this by providing youth:
- Opportunities to develop leadership skills, social networking competencies, and a sense of responsibility for the course of their own lives.
- Friendship and emotional support essential to overcoming life’s challenges.
- Guidance in key areas such as education, career, and relationships with friends and family.
- To hold on to and celebrate their unique cultural identity and heritage, while absorbing the positive aspects and influences of the Western culture. We desire for them to navigate culture versus negotiate culture. To see value and beauty in both where they come from and where they are going.
- To build a strong individual and family narrative.
- Access to new opportunities and positive influences that change the course of their lives.
Did you know? The population of immigrant-origin youth is projected to account for one-third of US children by 2050 and represents the fastest growing group of American children.
To know more about the Global FC mentoring program or how to become a mentor, contact email@example.com.