Children and Youth Services

Simpson’s approach to working with families is strength-based, responsive, and holistic. All parents in our program work directly with a Family Advocate who focus on locating and retaining stable, affordable housing, and attaining personal goals related to financial stability, education, or employment. The mission of our Children and Youth Services programs is to break the generational cycle of homelessness by partnering with parents to support children’s academic success, stability, and well-being.

For youth in our programs, these opportunities are rare or non-existent due to barriers such as finances, lack of transportation, or limited adult engagement in their lives. Many are screened out of traditional mentoring or out of school programs due to these barriers.

The Mentoring and Youth Development Program gives young people an opportunity to chart a new path for themselves with the support of the larger community. Mentoring is recognized as an effective strategy for helping young people achieve their potential, discover their strengths, and improve their future prospects and well-being.

The overarching goal of our Mentoring and Youth Development Program is to give young people in families transitioning from homelessness the opportunity to connect with caring adults who will support and facilitate exploration of their interests, strengths, and ambitions.

Our Children and Youth services include:

  • Early Childhood Home Visiting program for families with children ages 0-5;
  • Passage Tutoring Program which provides education support and literacy tutoring to children grades Pre-K – 6th grade;
  • Literacy Mentoring which matches mentors with K-5th grade students for literacy and academic support; and
  • Middle School Mentoring which matches mentors with 5-8th grade students to explore the students’ areas of interest in academics, career, or enrichment opportunities and help youth build skills such as leadership and self-efficacy.

There are a variety of ways to get involved with Children and Youth Services. We’re always looking for volunteer tutors and mentors to forge lasting relationships with youth transitioning out of homelessness. Volunteers bring their own unique strengths to the youth we serve, but all our tutors and mentors believe in the inherent potential of youth. Volunteers in all of our programs receive training and regular staff support throughout the year. Volunteers choose the age group, level of structure, and degree of scheduling flexibility that’s right for them.

For questions or more information, please contact Charlotte KinzleyChildren & Youth Program Manager at ckinzley@simpsonhousing.org

The first step to becoming a volunteer is to attend one of our Introductory Sessions where you’ll learn more about the different opportunities and our strategies for success.

Fall Intro Session dates will be announced soon!