What is NEST of Mobile?
NURTURE, EQUIP, STRENGTHEN, TRANSFORM
NEST matches teams of community volunteers with at-risk youth and families for a mentoring partnership. A NEST team consists of two or more Court approved volunteers. NEST works with the Mobile County Juvenile Court, the Department of Human Resources and partnering agencies to match teams with youth referrals. The team and youth and family work together during the Court probationary period or a designated time period of 6 months or more. During this mentoring partnership, teams and families work together to achieve goals and improve outcomes.
How Does a NEST Team Help?
VOLUNTEER, MENTOR, TUTOR, PRAY
Each team member has the ability to bring personal skills and resources that can change lives. The team will meet with NEST staff once they have been assigned to their youth for volunteer training and the case overview. NEST and the family work together to set goals for the mentoring partnership. Teams help youth achieve academic, employment and personal goals. Teams also help families with employment, budgeting, meal planning, housing and more. NEST parents may also qualify for participation in our Parent Management Training program aimed at teaching positive parenting skills. Our goal is that teams and families will develop a relationship to last a lifetime through their NEST experience.
How Do I Get Involved?
THE FIRST STEP TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Begin by contacting the NEST Office for your volunteer application packet. All volunteers must pass a Criminal Background Investigation, Child Abuse/Neglect Central Registry Clearance and reference check. Once your entire team’s application has been approved, you will be contacted by NEST for your youth assignment. You will then meet with NEST for your volunteer training session and case overview. Then, you will meet with your family to develop a plan to accomplish goals and achieve success.