MCM

New
comers

Mentorship Program

Marin County

Participatory Budget

The County of Marin is making $2.5 million available, and YOU will decide how to spend it.

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget, giving community members real power over real money. Marin County community members can use their voice to select up to seven projects for an available $2.5 million that will improve the Marin community.

Who can Vote?

Any person aged 14 or above who lives, works, owns a business, or attends school in Marin County is eligible. Immigration status is not required to participate.

ABOUT

Newcomers

The Newcomers program, led by the Multicultural Center of Marin and the Marin 9 to 25 Coalition, supports recently arrived at-risk youth in Marin with culturally tailored after-school activities, academic tutoring, mentorship, and meals. It addresses the unique needs of these often traumatized youth facing language barriers, aiming to enhance social, emotional, academic, and physical well-being. Emphasizing community engagement, peer mentoring, and parent support groups, the program empowers and supports youth on their journey to success.

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Why Vote?

Integration

Newcomer programs provide resources, language support, and cultural orientation, aiding immigrants in adapting to their new environment and contributing to their community.

Skill Development

These programs often offer education and job training, supporting immigrants with skills that enhance their employability and contribute to the workforce.

Social Cohesion

By addressing social and emotional needs, newcomer programs facilitate connections within the community, fostering a sense of belonging and reducing isolation.

Cultural Enrichment

Immigrants bring diverse perspectives, traditions, and experiences, contributing to the cultural tapestry of American society, promoting understanding, and breaking down stereotypes.

Economic Contribution

As immigrants integrate and secure employment, they contribute to economic growth, paying taxes, and participating in consumer activities, which benefits the broader society.

Social Services

Newcomer programs connect immigrants with essential services, promoting health, education, and overall well-being, reducing long-term societal challenges.

Impact

Newcomers Mentorship

The connection between our mentors and newly arrived youth is strengthened by shared cultural backgrounds. In comfortable discussions, the youth openly share challenges in adapting to a new country, highlighting the inadequacies of current resources and programs in Marin County. These challenges arise from understaffed and ill-equipped programs, leading to difficulties in building connections with schools and causing a decline in youth interest and motivation amid academic struggles.

Our mentors, drawing from their lived experiences as newcomers, play a crucial role in offering peer-to-peer support and assistance, filling gaps left by existing programs. Beyond practical advice, mentors share personal stories, creating a familial bond where they are seen as father or big brother figures.

The mentorship approach extends to creating healthier school environments, emphasizing positive relationships with teachers, addressing truancy, and providing quiet study spaces for those lacking personal space at home. Tutoring from mentors further enhances academic support.

Recognizing the issue of misplaced school placements, mentors actively recommend individual education plans (IEP), ensuring tailored support for academic success and overall well-being.

The mentorship program broadens its impact by exposing newcomers to pro-social events such as volunteering at the Food Pantry, participating in Toy Drives, and contributing to community events. This not only instills a sense of community responsibility but also fosters meaningful connections with the new environment.

Moreover, mentors connect youth to various outdoor activities like mountain biking, kayaking, and backpacking, providing not only recreational outlets but also fostering a sense of belonging. Internship opportunities further contribute to personal and professional development.

As participants progress, they transition from beneficiaries to active contributors. Many now mentor other youth facing similar challenges, showcasing the transformative potential of targeted support for newcomers in Marin County. Presently, those involved in the mentorship initiative remain actively engaged, volunteering, participating in community events, and positively contributing to the community.

About

Multicultural Center’s Newcomer program supports at-risk youth with tailored activities, mentorship, and community integration.

Contact

798 Fifth Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901
415.526.2486

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