For the past few weeks we've been building up the relationships among the teens through all sorts of recreational activities. Since the youth have a lot of free time, we've been taking them out more regularly, whether that's skateboarding in the park, trying froyo for the first time, or doing street photography. One of the teen's parents, a single mom who holds three jobs, was so relieved to know that her teen would have ample opportunity to spend time with his peers in a mentoring environment, rather than be stuck indoors all day this summer.
In these more social settings, our strategy is to mentor through teachable moments, as the youth open up about all sorts of details of their lives, whether it's the music they listen to, issues at home, or the people they want to date. We earn their trust by living life with them on a regular basis.