The NYC Mentorship Program at Spence-Chapin is an adoptee-led and -run group, connecting young adoptee mentees with older adoptee mentors.
Through monthly meetings from September through June, Mentorship meets to connect adoptees through conversations, activities, games, and off-site adventures throughout New York City.
For some, Mentorship is the first space they are able to share their stories with others who get it. Mentorship creates an open space to discuss important topics like identity, the adoptee experience, birth culture, birth place and how to share your story with others, just to name a few.
Through creative and discussion-based events, as well as off-site days throughout Manhattan, Mentorship provides a fun atmosphere for kids to make new memories, create friendships, and find community.
We have a fun-filled calendar year ahead of us starting in September, and we hope you will join us!
Jessica is a transracial adoptee born in Bogota, Colombia who grew up in Long Island, New York. She is an Adoptee Advocate, working to create supportive spaces for adoptees and their families. Jessica was one of the founding mentors in the NYC Teen Mentorship program which began in 2006, and now is the Manager of Community Engagements at Spence-Chapin, overseeing all community programming. Jessica’s passion for connecting with adoptees and their families has always been the driving force in her work and is the reason she continues to create spaces for adoptee stories and voices.
Our Mentors are all Adoptees themselves!
They volunteer as Mentors because they understand the importance of having Adoptee-centered spaces and creating positive role models for young Adoptees.
Every year, we welcome new faces into our group, and this year is no different! Some Mentors return year after year because this program has made such an impact on them.
Our Mentors are passionate about the work they do in creating open spaces for our adoptive community to connect and learn from one another.
GET TO KNOW OUR MENTORS!
Understanding the importance of community, adoptive parents are invited to participate in a separate monthly group. Topics include talking about adoption, advocating for your child and navigating birth family search. Parents whose children participate in the mentorship program are automatically enrolled. If your child is between the ages of 11 and 18 but is not participating in the program, you are welcome to join us.