Mentoring Programs


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One on One Mentoring

In 2005, in conjunction with the State Department of Children and Families (DCF), True Colors created the only state-wide One on One Mentoring Program for LGBTIQ youth. The pilot program started with 10 mentees and 10 mentors. Today the program provides services for over 50 youth! With so many youth in need of services, we have an extensive waiting list and in 2009 added a Group Mentoring Program for our unmatched youth.  The group mentoring program was so successful that we extended the social and recreational services to all the youth in the program – and created weekly activities for community youth from September to June, every Friday night from 6:30 – 8:30 in our office at 30 Arbor Street, Hartford, CT

Community members interested in volunteering for mentoring must fill out an application form, pass a DCF background check and provide references. Once these steps have been completed, volunteers will participate in a 6 hour mentor training program that will introduce them to the needs of our youth. This training focuses on the William Bridges Transition Framework as well as LGBT issues and issues specific to our youth.

The One on One Mentoring Program matches LGBTQ and ally adults with LGBTQ youth.  We are a state-wide agency and have youth in many communities across Connecticut.  Our youth come from the Department of Children and Families and are between 14 and 21. Youth who participate in this program are matched with a True Colors mentor for a period of one year. However, our expectation is that this relationship will extend beyond this time period. Once matched, mentors and mentees are given two assignments and asked to set goals for the following year. From there it’s up to them to decide how they’re going to spend their time together!

Adults who wish to participate in the One on One Mentoring Program must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 24 years of age.
  • Must sign a confidentiality agreement.
  • Must participate in the New Mentor Training.
  • Must agree to record the times and dates of each contact and submit that report monthly.
  • Must check the FACEBOOK Mentor page regularly.
  • Must attend AT LEAST 4 group events and activities per year and AT LEAST 4 monthly mentor trainings and feedback sessions.
  • Must agree to be a mentor, or to be available as a mentor, for a period of no less than 1 year Once matched, must agree to contact their mentee AT LEAST 4 times per month, with a minimum of 3 monthly face-to-face meetings.

Group Mentoring

The Group Mentoring Program introduces sexual and gender minority youth who are currently on the waiting list for a One on One Mentor to the LGBT community through monthly activities and events. The role of a Group Mentor is to begin to help foster a positive, safe, and healthy introduction to the various communities we represent.

All mentors begin as Group mentors and must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 24 years of age.
  • Must sign a confidentiality agreement.
  • Must participate in the New Mentor Training.
  • Must provide transportation to at least 4 monthly activities and events per year.
  • Must be willing to listen to our youth.
  • Must be willing to chaperone events.
  • Must participate in a range of activities from nature hikes to game nights.
  • Help transmit the rich culture and history of the LGBT community.
  • Utilize their own talents to help mentees foster their own.
  • Model good behavior and healthy relationships.

Click here for the True Colors One-on-One or Group Mentoring Program Information.