The Nest Program provides support for families struggling with child management issues either due to a parent or child’s mental health, family trauma or other stressful circumstances that make parenting difficult. Our program matches a volunteer parent mentor with a family. This trained mentor helps parents identify child and parent strengths, grow their social and parenting skills, learn behavioral and emotional de-escalation techniques and connect parents with community resources.
What a Nest Volunteer Mentor Can Do
- Provide emotional support when things are challenging
- Model and coach de-escalation skills, crisis intervention and self-care
- Offer alternative discipline ideas and techniques
- Engage in supportive phone calls
- Set family goals and host activities
- Build positive relationship skills
- Help parents identify strengths and weaknesses
- Connect parents with needed resources
- Assist with school support
- Help schedule and organize special needs for children and adults
- Trained mentors work with a family for a minimum of one year. A mentor might volunteer 2-10 hours per month, depending on the needs of the family. In their role, a mentor is expected to consistently provide both educational and emotional support. Activities depend on the plan developed with the family.
For more information about The Nest Program, email Carolyn Washington.