The Wellspring provides extensive youth services in Northeast Louisiana.

PREVENTION PROGRAMMING

Darkness to Light Stewards of Children Training
The Wellspring offers a 2 1/2 hour training that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual assault. Click here for more information about this training.

Not a Number
Not a Number is an interactive, five-model prevention curriculum designed to teach children ages 12-18 how to protect themselves from human trafficking and exploitation through information, critical thinking, and skill development. Click here to learn more about Not a Number.

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)
Provided in partnership with 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Broader Horizons, and Boys and Girls Club this programming brings invaluable weekly SEL trainings to students ranging from grades 1-5 in the afterschool setting. Using the evidence-based, CAREgeous Kids & T.R.U.S.T (Teaching Respect, Understanding, Safety and Tolerance), and the Second Step Socioemotional Learning Curricula developed by the Committee for Children, these classes equip students with positive socioemotional skills such as anger management, effective communication, self-confidence, bullying prevention and child abuse identification, reporting, and prevention. The skills are directly linked to positive adulthood outcomes.

YOUTH MENTORING

Mentoring
The Wellspring offers one-to-one school-based mentoring services for children grades 3-5 in Monroe and Ruston. Mentoring is a proven solution for helping children facing adversity improve outcomes and have brighter futures. The Wellspring pairs students with adult mentors who can guide them towards positive youth development. Students will meet their mentor on a weekly basis at their school, participating in various activities like playing board games, reading, academic encouragement, sharing lunch, and simply talking. The role of the mentor is to establish a nurturing relationship with their mentee, providing positive role modelling and a consistent presence in their life. It is important to note that this program is not intended to replace the parental role. Research has shown that children who participate in the program are more likely to excel academically and behave better both at school and at home.

All our mentors undergo an extensive screening process involving a criminal background check, a child abuse check, a sex offender registry check, as well as an orientation and mentor training, and three personal references.

Are you interested in becoming a mentor? Fill out our mentoring application, and one of our staff members will be in touch.

YOUTH LEADERSHIP & DEVELOPMENT

Chase Leadership Academy
High school juniors and seniors from participating schools in Ouachita Parish are mentored by Chase employees to learn essential life and career skills in a highly interactive environment learning skills such as resume writing, communication, budgeting, banking and life after high school. Students attend sessions at Chase throughout the school year, culminating in a graduation ceremony where each child receives a Chromebook or equivalent gift card courtesy of Chase.

Civic Engagement Institute for Youth
A day and a half event designed to engage local high school sophomores and juniors in the democratic process and teach best practices of civic engagement. During the institute, students work together to identify issues, share ideas and design solutions to impact real change!

For more information, call (318) 323-1505 to speak with Tiffany from our Monroe office, or you can call or text Ann at (318) 417-3972 if you’re in the Ruston area.

The Wellspring Youth Services
1904 Royal Avenue
Monroe, LA 71201