Marion County Health Department-New Solutions

Run by Marion County Health Department

Program Details

Recruitment Status

  • Accepting Male Mentors: Yes
  • Accepting Female Mentors: Yes
  • Accepting Male Mentees: No
  • Accepting Female Mentees: No

Program Description

New Solutions mentoring program is a community based program that fosters and builds positive relationships between community members and New Solutions youth. New Solutions mentors work 1 to 1 to provide youth with the support, guidance and friendship of a positive adult role model. New Solutions is a strength based wraparound program that serves youth with severe mental health issues

Ages of Youth in the Program

6 to 23

Description of Youth in the Program

Children and youth ages 6 to 23 that have mental health issues.

Quality Standards of Program

New Solutions staff keep up to date on mentoring best practices and fully comply with the Elements of Effective Practice. We screen, train, supervise and support our mentors.
The mentoring program was awarded Program of the Year (2010) by Marion County Commissioners.

Youth Goals and Outcomes

* Improve academic achievement
* Improve social skills
* Decrease risk of substance abuse
* Provide social and emotional support
* Enhance self-esteem
* Increase recreational interests
* Improve problem-solving skills
* Increase communication skills
* Provide opportunities for broader cultural experiences
* Assist transition from school to work

Mentor Profile

Positive community role model or a student in a college or university with good academic standing who maintains weekly contact with youth doing community based activities. Someone who offers support for youth in personal, social and academic/vocational development. You must be able to create an environment of trust, respect and support for youth as well as maintain communication with parents/guardians and assigned New Solutions Care Coordinator. You will meet once per month with the Child and Family team facilitated by the New Solutions Care Coordinator and document contacts with the youth using a monthly reporting form.

Types of Mentoring

  • Volunteer with one youth (one-to-one mentoring)

Place Where Mentoring Occurs

  • Community-based (community activities might include, sports, meals, museums, concerts, etc.)

Hours Needed

  • Weekday After School: 3 pm to 5 pm
  • Weekday Evenings: 5 pm to 9 pm
  • Weekend

Contact Information


Contact: Jennifer Pastorino
Phone: (503) 585-4916

Locations Served

  • Aumsville
  • Aurora
  • Dallas
  • Detroit
  • Donald
  • Gates
  • Gervais
  • Hubbard
  • Idanha
  • Jefferson
  • Keizer
  • Mill City
  • Mt. Angel
  • Salem
  • Scotts Mills
  • St. Paul
  • Stayton
  • Sublimity
  • TUrner
  • Woodburn

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