Family Support Services of the Bay Area’s
OreMi Mentoring Program
In the African language of Yoruba, OreMi means “my friend, my mentor; someone in whom I can confide”. OreMi is a mentoring program that creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships between community members and youth ages 6-18 in Alameda County who are in foster care or have a parent in the state or federal prison system. Meeting consistently with a caring adult helps the mentees overcome feelings of abandonment, low self-esteem and sadness, and improves academic and social skills.
* Recruits, screens, trains and supports mentors
* Provides ongoing training and support during the match.
* Creates opportunities for outings (fun days, picnics, meet-ups)
OreMi currently supports 63 matches: approximately half are foster youth, and half are children of incarcerated parents. Our program staff provides approximately 280 hours of training and support to mentors over the course of a year. We have approximately 30 youth on our waiting list for a mentor, and our greatest need is for male volunteers at this time.
Family Support Services of the Bay Area Family Support Services of the Bay Area (FSSBA) is a nonprofit organization with a 25-year history of providing support services to Bay Area children with special needs and their families. Each year, we work with more than 1,000 families to provide respite child care for children with special needs; case management and support for kinship caregivers (an alternative to traditional foster care); academic and peer-leadership support for kinship youth; child and family therapy for families at risk of separation; and mentoring services for children in the foster care system or with an incarcerated parent. We are based in Oakland and San Francisco, and serve Alameda, San Francisco and Contra Costa Counties.