Due to COVID-19 Fall 2020-2021 Mentorship will be virtual
The Spence-Chapin Mentorship program facilitates events once a month for adopted tweens and teens both internationally and domestically adopted. Mentors and mentees meet for fun, social gatherings make new friends, while building community, and connecting with others who share in the adoptee experience. Through thoughtful adoption related topics, our mentees explore their identities as young adults and as adoptees. Due to COVID-19 our events are presently all virtual for the fall semester that starts in September and ends in January with the plan to have in-person meetings starting in the Spring. We provide a safe space for our mentees to grow together with our mentors, exploring their experiences as adoptees and as teens. Our mentors are also both international and domestic adoptees who are 21 years and older, some have been with our program for over 10 years. Parents also will have their own virtual group that meets four times over the semester to discuss topics related to adolescence and adoption, along with hearing from adoptees as panelists.
To register for the Parenting Adopted Teens virtual groups for adoptive parents, please visit www.spence-chapin.org/events-calendar. These virtual parenting groups will be held on September 17th 2020 (“Let’s Talk About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”), October 15th 2020 (“Race & Racism”), November 19th 2020 (“Search and Reunion”), and January 14th 2021 (“Mindful Advocacy”)
Our mentees are Middle and High school students who live in the tri-state area and are adopted both internationally and domestically. Our families join us from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Adult adoptees who want to contribute to their adoptive community and continue to grow within their own adoptive identity. They live in the tri state area. They serve as role models who can share their own adoption story and experiences while encouraging mentees to feel comfortable, share their stories, and explore their identities, while developing a healthy self-esteem.
All our mentors are screened and trained before entering the program.
Jessica has been a Mentor for 15 years and is one of the founding members. She now oversees the program. Working with adoptees and hearing their stories and experiences has been a passion of hers since she was young. In addition to supporting our young adoptees to build community, the program has helped sculpt her own ever changing adoption narrative.