Build-A-Match: A Cohort Program for Younger Youth
Building off the success of the cohort structure of its Learn & Earn program, SLM created Build-A-Match, or BAM. BAM pairs youth in residential placements with volunteer SLM mentors. For six weeks, youth, mentors, and SLM social workers meet for weekly workshops focused on relationship-building. After those six weeks, youth continue to meet with their mentors on a regular basis as part of the Community Based Mentoring program.
Build-A-Match focuses on introducing youth to mentoring at a younger age, allowing them to build resiliency during a time when relationship-building can have a maximum impact on their healthy emotional development. Additionally, it allows for a safe on-ramp to the mentoring process for youth and mentors alike, as they build their relationships with the support of a cohort.
Become a Build-A-Match Partner Program
Does your program work with groups of youth impacted by foster care ages 7-13? Would you like to introduce trained, long-term caring mentors to their services? If so, we would love to discuss partnering with you on a Build-A-Match cohort! For more information, please click the button below or email Leah Harrigan, Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.