What are Mentor-Navigators?
Mentor-Navigators work with CPS FOCUS and Fatherhood EFFECT participants to move them from where they are now to increased self-sufficiency. We empower them—giving them the tools and life skills to better determine their own future and the future of their children. We strengthen their role as a parent by impacting their attitudes, knowledge and behavior. The process includes a variety of strategies, techniques and resources designed to build on participants’ strengths and overcome barriers. By placing a dedicated mentor-navigator with mothers/fathers in our Healthy Parenting Programs, clients remain engaged, working toward healthy parenting and self-sufficiency.
Mentor-navigation provides wrap-around, holistic services to program participants through a relational engagement strategy. The mentor-navigators are of tremendous value to the parents attending our FOCUS program. Parents get life skills from the classes, but also a person to help reinforce concepts and recognize opportunities within real-world situations.