Our institutional mentoring program currently takes place at the Polk County Juvenile Detention Center in Des Moines.
Basic requirements for volunteers who have contact with the kids we serve is that they be at least 21-years-old, have a personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ, be active in a local church, and love kids.
Informal Mentors: SOY Network matches volunteers with detention youth who have little family visitation for one-time or ongoing visits. During these weekly visits, the volunteers and youth play games, read, bake/cook, create crafts, go for walks, or just hang out. Visitation times are flexible to meet the needs of the individual volunteer.
Parties: SOY Network also works with those who are interested in bringing a group to do an activity with youth in detention or shelter. Volunteer groups may come to the detention center on a regular basis to host seasonal activities or parties. In the past, SOY volunteer groups have provided day-time activities during school breaks, artists, magicians, makeovers and other recreational or educational opportunities for the youth.
Life Skills Trainers: This is a great opportunity for those who enjoy teaching. SOY Network volunteers may give of themselves by making presentations to detention or shelter youth on life skill issues. A sampling of past topics includes setting healthy goals, identifying positive values, conflict resolution, money management, planning and decision making, and study habits. These presentations are not only educational for the youth, but they are also a valuable service to staff in these facilities.
For more information please contact Karen Sieg at (515) 875-5523 or email her using the form below:
You can also get started with the application process by downloading an application or completing one online here.