Young Adult Mentoring (YAM) and Independent Living Program (ILP)

Our vision is to provide Calaveras young adults with a smoother road to adulthood.

Our newest program — Young Adult Mentoring invites Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program young adults, ages 16-21, to practice life skills and get support for their own challenges. In monthly group gatherings, mentors and young adults discuss, set and accomplish goals together.

In our Independent Living Program, Foster Youth from Calaveras, age 16-21, meet monthly to practice life skills and learn about opportunities available to them. Both of these programs are based on group mentoring but with the chance to build one-on-one friendships.

Young Adult Mentoring and the Independent Living Program have supported young people with:

• Applying for a job

• Learning to cook

• Passing a DMV test

• Applying for college

• Budgeting

• Building Self-Esteem

• Searching for housing

• Getting a Social Security card and ID

Our mission is to connect young adults with mentors who offer friendship, experience, and resources to help them develop greater self awareness, and experience a smoother road to adulthood. 


Monthly "Group Gatherings"

This gathering took place at the Master Gardener Demo Garden in San Andreas.

Monthly "Group Gathering" September's Gathering took place at the Master Gardener Demo Garden in San Andreas
  • Making lasting friendships

  • Connecting with Mentors

  • Building Resources and Skills

Become a MENTOR.

Mentors are positive role models in our community who want to support our youth by helping them develop important skills for independent living. Mentors are matched with mentees according to similar interests and they spend time together forming a friendship and doing activities aimed at meeting their mentee’s individual needs.

Most importantly, mentors are regular people who want to volunteer their time to support young adults, and have some fun along the way! 

Interested in mentoring? Start by attending an Info Session.


Tim and Todd, a mentor and mentee

Become part of the group.

Mentees are young adults between the ages of 16 and 21 who are thinking about their future. They may be seeking support from a mentor for a variety of reasons, including applying for a job, learning to cook, passing a DMV test, looking toward college, or even car maintenance. 

Mentees have the opportunity to connect as a group and join our Mentoring community at our monthly group gatherings. These gatherings give mentees and mentors a chance to learn from each other and broaden their network while having fun. Be a part of our Mentoring family! 

Help them get there by becoming a mentor, sponsoring an event or making a donation. Your contributions go towards recruiting, screening and training mentors, matching, supporting and monitoring, as well as events and evaluations. 


RSVP for an Information Session

Send a message below or call 209 736 6078. This is the first step toward learning about the role of a mentor and how to apply. No commitment, just information. 

October 10                Thursday 11 - Noon

November 1              Friday 5 - 6pm

December 3 Tuesday 1-2pm

Name *

Calaveras County Office of Education
P.O. Box 760
Angels Camp, CA 95221

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Coordinator, Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program - Young Adult Mentoring

(209) 736-6095 Direct

(209) 736-2138 Fax

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Melissa Harvey

Specialist, Foster Youth Services- Independent Living Program

(209) 736-6059 Direct

(209) 736-2138 Fax