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Teen Pals & PALS Program

The assigned mentor spends time in recreational or learning activities with a child age 14-18 from a family that has been or is currently involved with the Brown County Health and Human Services Department. Volunteer mentors help the youth by providing the necessary skills and tools that they need so that they can be successful, independent adults. Matches are based on compatibility, are reviewed annually and can continue formally for as long as both partners are interested until the youth is eighteen. On-going support is provided by the Teen Pals Program Coordinator.

Job Description for Teen Pals mentor

Becoming a PAL volunteer mentor is as easy as spending a few hours two or more times per month with a child in recreational or learning activities. Whether it's teaching a new sport, fishing, caring for your pet, seasonal activities like carving a pumpkin or decorating for a holiday, making cookies, shopping, running errands, going a park or helping with homework --- a child would love someone to include them in their life.

The PALS Program started in 1977 as a service of Brown County Health and Human Services Department. Prior to 1-1-2012 The PALS Program accepted referrals of children from counselors, schools, and parents themselves. After this date the PALS Program began matching only those children who are referred by Child Protective Services with an adult volunteer, couple, or family. The children on the Pals waiting list are ages 3 or older. We have a lengthy waiting list of boys and girls from families where there has been abuse, neglect, substance abuse, depression, or an absent parent due to death, incarceration, or abandonment issues.

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PALS Program

One-on-one or family matches with children ages 3 or older.

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