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Mentoring can be a powerful experience for both young people (mentees) and adults (mentors). By forging a relationship and spending time together, two individuals have a unique opportunity to blossom in ways neither may have imagined before.

The DCF Mentoring Program contracts with local service providers statewide to supply adult mentors to DCF involved adolescents ages 14-17, and 18-21 who remain involved with DCF following their commitments.  The providers recruit, screen and train eligible candidates to become mentors, partner with DCF social workers then match approved mentors with DCF committed adolescents and young adults. The goal of the mentoring program is to provide an important and long lasting relationship to adolescents who are placed outside of their homes. 

Mentors are involved in the adolescent's life as a guide, a positive role adult model and a confidant. A mentor's commitment to the adolescent is very important. Mentors maintain weekly contact with their mentees and visits face to face at a minimum of three times a month.  The Mentoring program aims at maintaining these relationships on a long term basis.  Ideally, the relationships evolve into permanent, life-long friendships.  

Please consider becoming a mentor.  Call 1-888-KID-HERO today for more information.


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Mentoring Services in CT:

Governor's Prevention Partnership
Nutmeg Big Brothers, Big Sisters
True Colors (LGBT) Program



Dayna R. Snell, LCSW

Program Manager

Adolescent and Juvenile Justice Services

505 Hudson Street

Hartford , CT 06106

Phone:  860-550-6351

Cell:  860-209-283

Fax:  860-723-7236

E-mail:  Dayna.Snell@ct.gov