of individuals across that state benefit from formal and informal mentoring
relationships. Today, during the Social Services Council Meeting, in Topeka,
Governor Sam Brownback recognized the tremendous impact mentoring programs have
on Kansans in need, including welfare benefits recipients, inmates in Kansas
jails and prisons and children in the state’s public school system.
Brownback signed a proclamation to designate January as Mentoring Month. During
the ceremony at the Curtis State Office Building, 1000 SW Jackson, officials
from the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), the Kansas
Department of Corrections (KDOC) and the Kansas State Department of Education
(KSDE) discussed the success of their respective mentoring programs.
started mentoring a young man [through HOPE Mentoring],” Governor Brownback
said. “Here’s someone who has had quite a bit of difficulty, who’s been in
prison a time or two, but is really working to change his life around. I’m just
so encouraged by this.”
HOPE (Hope, Opportunity and Prosperity for Everyone) Mentoring program offers
mentors to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) clients and
Independent Living youth who have aged out of the foster care system. Since
June 2016, 288 TANF/IL clients have expressed interest or been successfully
matched with a mentor.
HOPE Mentoring program is changing the lives of both mentors and mentees. One
Career Navigator stated that of the four people she recently referred to the
program, three now have jobs that pay living wages. In addition, one mentor was
able to help a mentee struggling to obtain a driver’s license break down
barriers to apply for one. Thanks to his new license, the mentee was able to
obtain a job that pays more than $22 per hour.
HOPE Mentoring program continues to grow as more of our clients seek additional
opportunities to achieve self-reliance,” DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said.
“We are excited to hear the success stories from people who have furthered their
education, found steady employment and improved their quality of life.”
HOPE Mentoring program is closely modeled after Mentoring4Success, a mentoring
program developed by KDOC that matches inmates, both adults and juveniles, with
mentors. This positive relationship helps inmates prepare to reintegrate into
society, and gives them the best chance of staying out of the corrections
system. Since July 2011, the program has made 7,522 adult matches. Since July
2014, Juvenile Services has made 252 matches.
Kansas Mentors program, established in 2006 and housed at KSDE, currently
partners with over 175 mentoring programs across the state. The organization is
committed to providing every young Kansas access to a caring and quality mentor
through recruitment, awareness, and training efforts. There are approximately
20,000 youth on waiting lists needing a mentor in Kansas, and research shows
that mentoring has long-term benefits on youth by increasing their chances of
high school graduation and college attendance and decreasing the likelihood of
substance abuse and other risky behaviors.
For more information on HOPE Mentoring, please
visit http://www.hopementoring.dcf.ks.gov. For more information on Mentoring4Success,
visit https://www.doc.ks.gov/help-out/mentoring. For more information on Kansas Mentors, visit www.KansasMentors.org.
Governor Sam Brownback designates January as Mentoring Month during a proclamation signing with: (left to right) Celina Porter, Tracy Crockett, Dave Depue, Secretary Phyllis Gilmore, Brenda Estell, Milcah Lewis, Brandi Turner, Duane Hines, Dana Logue, Mike Siebert and Jim Echols.