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 La Pine that share similar interests and activities and commit 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, April 8, 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, but advanced registration is required. This will be the last training class offered until the fall.