Central Oregon Partnerships for Youth (COPY), a program of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, offers a virtual classroom to prepare volunteers to become mentors for children with parents in prison.

After initial training and full background checks, volunteers are matched with a child in Bend, Redmond, Sisters or LaPine who share similar interests and activities and commit to spending a few hours a week together for at least a year. . This time is often spent on outdoor activities, exploring the community, arts or crafts projects, or just spending time and chatting.

On Saturday January 22, COPY will be offering a virtual orientation / training course. This 3.5 hour course covers program policies, how to establish a mentoring relationship, the impact of incarceration on families, communication skills, safety, and mentoring best practices in a world COVID-19. There is no registration fee, but prior registration is required. For details, please call 541-388-6651 or email [email protected] Additional information about the program is available on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.sheriff.deschutes.org / copy.

Mentor for children of incarcerated parents

Central Oregon Partnerships for Youth (COPY), a program of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, offers a virtual classroom to prepare volunteers to become mentors for children with parents in prison. After initial training and a full background

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