Young Adult Services

Our support services and mentor program is designed to aid foster care youth between the ages of 16 and 21 who have or will be transitioning out of Arizona State or Tribal Foster Care. We provide skills and support to more than 1,000 youth and young adults in their transition into independence each year by assisting them in gaining skills for self-sufficiency.

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Mentor Program

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Why Mentor?

Our Mentor Program is designed to help foster youth build supportive connections with Volunteer Mentors. A mentor helps build the self-esteem and self-confidence of a youth by sharing in accomplishments and milestones. Our hope is that deep, long-term friendships will develop between these pairs and that each youth will be encouraged by the adult’s commitment to meeting and relationship building.

  • Mentors can help a young person:
    • Reduce rates of homelessness, incarceration and teen pregnancy
    • Increase graduation and job stability
    • Enhance social skills and healthy adult connections
    • Provide a listening and supportive environment


Who are the mentees?
  • 16 to 21-year-old males and females
  • Have expressed wanting a mentor
  • Participate in our Young Adult Services Program
  • Currently involved with the Department of Child Safety or working with the Transitional Independent Living Program
  • Reside in group homes, foster homes, respite homes, kinship homes, residential treatment centers, and transitional living placements located throughout the state
  • Youth are matched with their mentor based on interests and location

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What does it take to become a mentor?
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have at least one-year experience working with teens
  • Be able to pass a background check and acquire a level one fingerprint clearance card
  • Participate in an interview
  • Attend initial and on-going trainings
  • Be able to commit to a minimum of one-year relationship with your mentee
  • Be available, supportive, compassionate, and consistent with your mentee




Get started!
For more information, please contact mentor@arizonaschildren.org or call 844.747.1533.

You may also complete an inquiry form and we’ll contact you via phone or email to answer any questions you may have. Otherwise, please use the link below to complete your application based. Thank you!

Mentor Application

Having a mentor is more than seeing someone every 2 weeks. It’s a friend. Whenever you feel alone or sad you can always talk to them. When I started the mentoring program I thought it was going be more rules to tell me what to do. It’s not like that though; the mentoring program is fun, helpful, and provides someone I can count on. It’s more than a program to me. It’s two people becoming friends.”
– Jasmine, Program Participant

Living Skills Training

We provide skills training to youth/young adults 16-20 who are still involved with State or Tribal Foster Care. Living Skills Training (LST) prepares current and former foster care recipients for adult living by teaching interpersonal and daily living skills.

For more information about this service, please contact us at YAS@arizonaschildren.org.

Transitional Independence

We provide Case Management for young adults ages 18-20 who were previously involved in State or Tribal Foster Care at some point after age 16. These young adults are no longer involved with the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) and must self-refer. The purpose of the Transitional Independent Living Program (TILP) is to provide appropriate support and services to assist former foster care recipients in developing and maintaining stable living situations.

If you are a young adult who wants to learn more about participating in TILP, please call 480.247.1413 or complete the contact form at the link below:

 Information Request Form

Empowered Young Parents Program

We offer support services to young mothers, fathers, and their children and specialize in resources for those who have experienced foster care. We can help with parenting skills and training, financial independence, health care, employment, education (grants/funding), counseling, and community resources.

If you are a parent involved in our Living Skills Training or Transitional Independent Living Program, you may be eligible for free services.