(Victor Valley)–The Children’s Network Mentoring Task Force of San Bernardino County is sponsoring “Spring Jam” at the San Manuel Stadium on Saturday, March 9, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The exclusive event is open to San Bernardino County’s at-risk and system-involved youth ages 13-18. Pre-registration is recommended as space is limited.
In the morning, youth will listen to a dramatic speech from twin brothers Tyrone and Jerome Sexton who will talk about how they belonged to a gang, but changed their lives around after one of them was shot. Then Spring Jam attendees will take part in fun team-building exercises, play softball, jump in jumpers, enjoy live music from a D.J., dance, obtain a multitude of prizes for lucky game winners and enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Spring Jam, „A Day of Mentoring,‟ at the San Manuel Stadium where the 66ers play, according to Associate Children’s Network Officer Kathy Turnbull, is designed to be a day of fun to introduce system-involved youth to the concept of mentoring.” A unique feature of this year’s Spring Jam is that many of the mentors participating are formerly system-involved themselves, including youth from T.A.Y. (Transitional Age Youth) and I.Y.R.T. (Interagency Youth Resiliency Team) who can relate well to the youth and attest to the benefits of having a mentor.
“The first Spring Jam was a big success with nearly 200 youth in attendance,” said Turnbull. “Many mentoring matches were made as a result. We are looking forward to the same wonderful experience and outcomes this year.”
Some of the participating agencies on the Mentoring Task-Force are Probation, Children and Family Services, Reach Out, Public Defender’s Office, C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Department of Behavioral Health T.A.Y. and I.Y.R.T. programs, the District Attorney’s Office and other community-based and county child-serving departments. Task Force members will be on hand to facilitate mentoring partnerships.
Parents and caregivers seeking information on positive role models for their children will have an opportunity to talk with organizations that provide mentoring relationships. For more information on the Task Force or to register for Spring Jam, contact Brandy Nelson, Mentoring Resource Coordinator at (909) 383-9685.
The Children’s Network of San Bernardino County works to improve the quality of life for “children at risk” who because of behavior, abuse, neglect, medical needs, educational assessment, and/or detrimental daily living situations are eligible for services from one or more of the member agencies of the Children’s Policy Council.
Children’s Network is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life for their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at www.sbcounty.gov.