Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation partners with Memphis CAC to develop child protection policy

Posted by JD Graffam on July 27, 2012

The Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation is dedicated to bringing more caring mentors into the lives of our children. Through the Grizzlies Mentoring Alliance, we support responsible mentoring initiatives in Memphis/Shelby County and promote mentoring as a powerful youth development strategy.  In January 2011 we launched our own Grizzlies TEAM Mentoring program that matches teams of three mentors with groups of nine students. The program will expand to serve three public charter schools in September 2012.

The Foundation and the Alliance are committed to ensuring the safety of children served by affiliated mentoring programs, and we are setting the example by establishing a comprehensive child protection policy to guide our own Grizzlies TEAM Mentoring program.

Although this is not a substantial change from current program operations, we have brought together a set of important concepts into one comprehensive document. The policy is based on the “Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring,” the evidence-based best practices which serve as the framework for all Grizzlies Mentoring Alliance programs. This includes a targeted approach to recruiting appropriate volunteers and carefully screening and preparing them to become mentors, and continues with ongoing support, monitoring, and nurturing of the mentoring relationships. Detailed instructions on reporting suspected child abuse or neglect will become a regular component of mentor orientation, and mentors and program leaders will have access to the tools and resources they need to offer advanced training.

We have partnered with the Memphis Child Advocacy Center to host sessions of “Stewards of Children,” a prevention and response program for adults developed by the organization Darkness to Light. Foundation staff, mentoring program leaders, and mentors have already participated in this training and many more sessions will be scheduled in the coming year. Memphis CAC also worked with us to develop the child protection policy completed in early July. To learn more about the Child Advocacy Center and upcoming sessions of “Stewards of Children,” visit www.MemphisCAC.org.

For more information on our child protection policy,  email us for details.

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The Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation is committed to serving Memphis youth through education and mentoring.