Peer 2 Peer Mentoring Program
What We Can Do to Help Our Children SUCCEED!
by Race And Gender
Total Population: Male 18,454 Female 16,797 Total 35,251 Number Of Occupied Homes In Seneca County Total: 13,393
White Male 16,404 Female 16,187 Total 32,591 Family led homes: 8,762
African American Male 1,443 Female 164 Total 1,607 Husband-wife family: 6,643
Hispanic/Latino Male 677 Female 275 Total 952 Other family: 2,119
Two or More Races Male 238 Female 225 Total 463 Population of male led with no wife present: 707 Asian Male 114 Female 130 Total 244 Population female led with no husband present: 1,412 Some Other Race Male 184 Female 56 Total 240 Population Under 18 years: 7,214
American Indian Male 69 Female 35 Total 104
Demographic Population Of Homes
With People Under 18 Years Old By Type
Male householder, no wife present: 425 The poverty rate in Seneca County is 13.5%
Under 6 years only: 120 In 2012-16, the child poverty rate in Seneca was 15%,
Under 6 years and 6 to 17 years: 70 Seneca’s rate of child abuse and neglect
6 to 17 years only: 235 has consistently been higher than the state and region
Female led with no husband present: 940
Under 6 years only: 225
Under 6 years and 6 to 17 years: 164
6 to 17 years only: 551
Seneca County consists of two shires, North and South, that cover 390 sq miles. The primary seat is located in Waterloo (N), and the secondary seat in Ovid (S), since the majority of the population resides in the north, that is where the Board of Supervisors is located. The south end of the county is mostly rural. The board meets once a year in both locations to keep the two shire status. The county is divided politically with 51.8% Republican 40.8% Democrat and 7.5% Third parties. Population growth is in decline. The most common employment sectors for those who live in Seneca County, NY, are Healthcare & Social Assistance, Manufacturing, Retail trade and Correctional institutions.
Although Seneca County provides many counseling services, such as Care Management: skill building, hourly and overnight respite, family support/parent advocacy, intensive in-home intervention, and crisis management; Health homes care management: referral and linkage, service coordination; Non-medicaid care management: permanency program; Behavioral management- anger management, home based family intervention; Youth groups, independent living skills, swim programs, teen mental health support groups with general groups and providers; Vocational services- working paper assistance, career planning and job readiness, youth work experience program; Mental health therapy and psychiatric services; Addictions/Substance abuse counseling; Runaway/Homeless; Pregnancy and Parenting classes. The one service that is not provided is peer to peer mentoring. The targeted population that could benefit from this service would be the 7,214 kids under 18 living in single family households within Seneca County.
Goals of the program: would be to mentor youth and to help them achieve successful completion of goals in their daily lives. It would also help them become productive citizens within their community and beyond.
Peer mentors would provide education, recreation and support opportunities to individuals. The peer mentor may challenge the men-tee with new ideas, and encourage the men-tee to move beyond the things that are most comfortable for them.
Seneca County's Mental Health has done a great job with their fiscal budget and shifting programs to different providers, creating an excess of $300,000 in their budget. Some of this could be used to create the mentoring program. Also, some of the new revenue from the gaming industry could be shifted to provide the necessary resources as well. To start, hiring ten peer mentors at $11.15 an hour would cost an estimated $231,910 for the fiscal year.
Problems that could arise, are transportation from the south end of the county and finding funding for the program mentors. The transportation issue could be resolved by having mentors implanted in the four school districts within the county.