AIKW 26 – Therapeutic Mentoring – Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services

Interview with Jason Beard, MS – Regional Director of East/Central Region
Main Number: (800)888-1904

Unlike other social service agencies, PCHAS combines data-driven program design and expertly trained staff with a philosophy of care that keeps everyone—from social workers to executive leaders—focused on the goals and strengths of each child and their family.

Studies show that young people with mentors are 52% less likely to skip school and 32% less likely to act out violently.

Families and school counselors may refer children ages 5-19 to this program. Therapeutic mentors, who are paid, have a degree in a social science or education. They meet with each child and his/her family to set goals and reach those goals. Mentors meet with the children at home, school or in the community at least once a week for up to a year. The program is free to any at-risk child in the areas served.