All children enter the program on the Engagement List, which provides multiple and varied opportunities to engage with volunteers and staff while gaining new skills. The Engagement List program gives youth the opportunity to have fun, learn and be active. Information and Referral services are available for children and their families.
For some children, this engagement time prepares them for a 1:1 match (Community Based Mentoring).
Children and youth are matched based on many criteria. Casework staff works to match has a solid basis of compatible interests and characteristics. We focus on building matches with compatible personalities, similar interests, and close geographic locations while respecting the preferences of Mentors, Mentees and Parent/Guardians.
Many activities are sponsored by YMS:
- Interactive Workshops on Social and Emotional Learning
- Summer Adventure Activities
- Group Events/Parties
- Holiday Assistance
- School Supply Assistance
Youth Mentoring Services provides event tickets for children and their family, who participate in YMS programs. When available, we offer tickets to various sporting and other events including: Buffalo Bison games, Buffalo Sabres games, and Buffalo Bills games throughout the year.