FAQs

Q: Who does Partners serve?
A: Youth ages 7-17 who face the following risk factors:
-Low levels of parental involvements
-Family management challenges
-Economic or social deprivation
-Social norms favorable to substance abuse

Q:  How do I refer a youth to the program?  A:  Please visit our Refer a Youth Page.

Q: How does community-based one-to-one mentoring work?
A: Partners recruits, screens, trains and carefully matches adult volunteers (“Senior Partners”) with youth (“Junior Partners”) on our waiting list.  They spend an average of 3 hours/week or 12 hours/month together for a minimum of one year.  The Senior Partner serves as a friend, role model, and advocate for the Junior Partner.  Partners provides ongoing support, training, and case management to all partnerships.

Q: Does Partners carry liability insurance in case of an accident?
A: Though injuries to participants of Partners are extremely rare, Partners carries liability insurance that covers Junior and Senior Partners that serves as a secondary form of insurance. Partners has an accident policy that pays a limited amount for medical treatment as a result of an injury.

Q: Does Partners really work?
A: Data shows statistically significant increase in self confidence, future orientation & self-esteem and decrease in acceptance of interpersonal violence, self-reported delinquency, initiation of alcohol and drug use. A science-based pre-test/post-test evaluation tool enables us to collect data which demonstrates the positive effectiveness of Partners mentoring. Partners Mentoring Services Effectiveness Index (PMSEI) assesses a Junior Partner’s current attitudes and behaviors to such things as substance and alcohol use as well as many other high-risk behaviors.

Q: What type of recreational activities does PRC offer Partnerships?
A: Each month Partners hosts one Group Recreational Activity (GRA) that is available for matched and unmatched Junior and Senior Partners. Activities vary from large scale events such as snowmobiling to low-key outings like Beach Day at Stagecoach Lake. Every other month Partners also offers a Rural Routt Group Recreational Activity (RRGRA) and a Senior Partner Only Training. You can find more details on upcoming activities in our newsletter and by clicking here for our activity calendar.

Q: What role do School-Based Mentors (SBMs) play in the middle schools?
A: SBMs provide social/emotional and academic support to a caseload of eight target students. Every mentor spends a minimum of one hour of one-on-one mentoring time with each target student. In addition to their caseload, the mentors provide in-school and after-school programming to the entire middle school.

Q: In which schools are School-Based Mentors (SBMs) placed?
A: Two mentors each are placed at Hayden and Soroco Middle Schools.  Three mentors are placed in Steamboat Springs Middle School and one in each of the Steamboat Springs Elementary Schools. In total, the program places nine full-time SBMs in Routt County middle schools!

Q: How can I become a School-Based Mentor or AmeriCorps VISTA with PRC?
A: Hiring for SBM positions begins in January for the upcoming school year. VISTA hiring begins in late April for a start date in the following August. To be considered for any of these positions, apply first through the AmeriCorps website at www.americorps.gov.  You can also learn more about the position by clicking here.

Q: How is PRC funded?
A: PRC receives funding from corporations (5%), foundations (15%), the government (59%), individuals (9%), and special events (12%). PRC is also proud to be a Routt County United Way Agency.  To see a list of current funders, click here.

Q: Is PRC in need of board members?
A: PRC strives for a well-rounded and high-functioning board of directors and is therefore interested in speaking to individuals that are interested. If there is not a suitable opening on the board, one may be interested in serving on a committee or the advisory board.

Q: If I donate to PRC, is my donation tax-deductible?
A: We always appreciate any kind of support! If you choose to support PRC monetarily your donation is tax-deductible and you can expect a tax slip in the mail along with a big thank-you from us. To learn more about how to make a donation click here.  To find out whether different donations of goods and services can be tax-deductible, please refer to the following website: http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc506.html