The Hancock Youth Ready for Employment (HYRE) program serves at risk youth in need of additional support by pairing participants with mentors in the Hancock County community. Mentees are statigicicelly paired with professionals in our community who will guide them in planning career pathways by identifying individual interests, exploring options, and ultimately facilitating connections to successful job placements.
Mentees will be high school students, at least 14 years of age that live or go to school in Hancock County and are identified as needing additional support and guidance. Homeschooled youth are also eligible.
To make a referral, contact Hancock County Youth Court Case Manager, your school counselor, or make the referral directly through Hancock Resource Center's website.
Mentors will be at least 21 years of age, must be able to pass a Level 2 background check, and complete required trainings.
One year commitment; Mentors will meet with mentees once per week for about an hour (face-to-face meetings are preferred but may be conducted virtually or by phone if one of the participants cannot attend).
Mentor Training Sessions
Mentors are trained before being paired with their mentee. Mentors can register for training sessions through Hancock Resource Center's website. Mentors will be trained in such areas as:
Building and managing the mentoring relationship
Qualities of an effective mentor
Importance of confidentiality and when you should break it
Do's and Don'ts of mentor/mentee meetings
Additional training and support will be provided throughout the year.