Many young people not only need a positive adult role model, but they also desperately WANT them in their lives. Our partnership with referral agencies will allow us to directly connect to these kids in need. Referral agencies include public and private schools, mental health and counseling agencies, youth and family service organizations, law enforcement, churches, and more.
Referral agencies receive training on identifying kids to send to FORGE, communicating our mission with children and families, and the process of referring a young person. We recognize these agencies are very busy, so we keep things very simple and keep them informed on the progress of the referred kids.
Referral Agency Partner Spotlight:
Lutheran Community Services Northwest, in the Tri-Cities, WA, does an incredible job of helping so many young people and their families. It has been so helpful and encouraging for us to team with them to further support and empower the kids that they are working with. We have found the greatest way to partner with them is by connecting kids who graduate from their “W.I.S.E.” program with one of our mentors to ensure that they continue building on the foundation erected in that program. While the W.I.S.E. program may only work with the child for a limited time, FORGE mentors can stay with them for as many years as desired, bringing even greater health and more paths into adulthood.