Connecting Youth in Faith (CYF)
Research revealed in the book Sticky Faith states that the #1 reason that youth fall away from their faith is a lack of identifiable role models. To proactively address this issue, CFC and South Metro faith clubs introduced a faith mentorship program, Connecting Youth in Faith (CYF), connecting high school juniors and seniors to incoming freshmen.
Incoming juniors and seniors apply the previous spring to be mentors and agree to meet face-to-face, starting in the fall, with 1-3 freshman mentees at least once a month for 45-60 minutes. Meetings are loosely defined but include a faith discussion on a school- or peer-related topic. Mentors are given resources, but they have the freedom to use their own materials as well. Discussions are confidential, but teacher/advisors have oversight responsibility for the program.
Our desire is that this provide for incoming high-school students the faith role models they need, who will show them what it means to live out their faith in a high school context.
We've provided example mentor/mentee applications for schools that are interested in beginning the program, under the "CYF Documents" section. If you are a student interested in this, talk to your teacher advisor to get more information!