Vappa At Risk Adults.

Key Factors in Reviving Meaningful Futures for ‘At Risk’ Adults.

‘At Risk’ adults, which include adults who are homeless, addicted to drugs, experience mental illness, have been incarcerated, or face other challenges that make employment and a ‘normal’ lifestyle difficult, is a growing segment of the U.S. population and one that is not receiving adequate assistance.  Often times these individuals are ignored or shunned and they do not have access to, or refuse to seek the kind of help they need.  Providing mentoring services to ‘At Risk’ adults can assist them in re-establishing confidence and self worth.  It can help them envision a brighter future and motivate them to undertake the self improvements necessary to achieve success. These five, simple Mentoring Messages have been developed to assist Mentors in their communication with ‘At Risk’ adults.


Key Mentoring Messages for ‘At Risk’ Adults.

Vision

Looking out into the future, where does the young adult see him or herself?  What is their vision for employment, income, family, lifestyle?  What role do they see themselves playing in society? Perhaps the most difficult challenge for At Risk adults is visualizing a positive future for themselves.  A Mentor can play a significant role in helping develop an aspirational but realistic Vision that guides their re-engagement with society and enables them to envision a productive and satisfying life. Looking out into the future, where does the young adult see him or herself?  What is their vision for employment, income, family, lifestyle?  What role do they see themselves playing in society?

Assessment (Self)

A key part of creating a realistic Vision is assessing the skills and capabilities of the At Risk adult.  Understanding their educational achievements, work experience and any other relevant skills is critical to the development of a road map that can lead to a meaningful life

Plan  

With a Vision defined and a self Assessment completed, the next step is the development of an action Plan to achieve the Vision.  As part of developing a Plan, a Mentor can help define key milestones that provide a path to follow, demonstrate progress and build confidence and commitment

Progress

Progress against the Plan and achievement of key milestones must be monitored regularly to ensure that At Risk adults continue to advance.  A Mentor can provide tremendous value by reinforcing the importance of making Progress and by celebrating achievement of milestones

Adjust

The one constant in life is change.  As individual circumstances change, the At Risk adult must recognize the need to adjust their Vision which requires updating their self Assessment, their Plan, and the metrics they will monitor to gauge Progress.  A Mentor can help ensure that changes are viewed positively and not as failure.