From Our Editors
Powerhouse Mentors provide a stable relationship in the midst of an often-chaotic experience, where teens may shift regularly between different foster homes and schools, and may be forced to achieve independence by their 18th birthdays. During the course of one year in the Powerhouse Mentoring Program, mentors and youths meet 10 hours per month. The program trains volunteer mentors in an intensive one-day workshop to facilitate the development of strong, lasting relationships with foster youths. Experts speak to future mentors about some of the traumas that appear frequently in the foster system, including attachment disorder and fetal-alcohol syndrome. Powerhouse still needs additional funding to cover the cost of its next workshop in order to pay for the speaker's fee and meals for 15–25 mentor trainees.