The Spence-Chapin Mentorship program facilitates events once a month for adopted tweens and teens both international and domestically adopted. Mentors and mentees meet for fun, social gatherings that allow them to make new friends, build self-confidence, and connect with others who can relate to them. Our events are in-house and offsite at various locations throughout the city. We provide an open and safe space for our mentees to grow together with our mentors, exploring their adoption identity. 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.
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 by our staff 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.
Rebecca became a Mentor in 2018 and is now the Program Facilitator. She is a licensed social worker with Mount Sinai St. Luke’s. Rebecca was adopted from South Korea. Being part of the mentorship program has been a powerful experience enjoying activities and in depth conversations about adoption with a diverse group.