The FOCUS Mentoring Programs are designed to empower children, adolescents, and students with the ability to accept leadership roles and to learn to become role models. By helping others, they learn to help themselves.
Honorary Junior CIT- Children who are under 12 but are highly motivated to become a CIT and have worked hard on their personal goals.
Junior CIT – Children who are ages 12-13 who are enrolled in the program and who demonstrate the ability to be sound role models for their peers.
CIT- Open to adolescents ages 14-16 who are enrolled in the program and who demonstrate the ability to be sound role models for their peers. CITs assist the staff with the younger kids and learn skills in goal setting, positive behavior management and role modeling. Interested students need to apply for the limited number of CIT spots that are available.
Intern: Students ages 16+, who have demonstrated growth through their participation in the FOCUS program, may apply for the position of intern. Interns are a step beyond CIT’s in that they are expected to have a stronger hand in the planning and implementation of program activities. They are also expected to use supervision to work towards achieving their personal goals, and to serve as role models to others.
Undergraduate/Graduate Student Internships: Available to college students who are pursuing degrees in human services or education and who wish to gain clinical experience.Volunteer: Open to high school and college students in the community who want to help others. Credit can be given towards community service hours and some schools offer a course credit. Former clients in the program may volunteer at FOCUS after they turn 18. Occasionally they may be hired to work in the programs.