Class prepares volunteers to mentor children

By KTVZ.COM news sources
POSTED: 11:45 AM PDT September 9, 2013 
BEND, Ore. -

Central Oregon Partnerships for Youth (COPY), a program of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, is offering a class to prepare volunteers to become mentors for children with an incarcerated parent.

After initial training and comprehensive background checks, volunteers are matched with a child in Bend, Redmond, Sisters or LaPine that share similar interests and activities and commits to spending a few hours a week together for a minimum of one year. This time is often spent going to community events, working on homework, attending art programs, participating in sports, or simply hanging out and talking.

On Saturday, September 21, COPY will offer an orientation/training class. This six-hour class covers program policies, how to establish a mentor relationship, the impact incarceration has on families, and communication skills. There is no cost to attend. For additional details please call (541) 388-6651 or email COPY@deschutes.org Additional program information is available at the Sheriff’s Office web site at www.deschutes.org/copy.