Join us for the 2016-2017 Also-Known-As Mentorship Program!
Are you interested in getting involved with Also-Known-As?
Come participate in our youth or teen mentorship program. We are currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 year!
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We are excited to invite children of international adoptees to join our Youth Mentorship Program! The families of adoptees are an integral part of our community, and we look forward to including them in the program this coming year.
The Also-Known-As Youth Mentorship Program is targeted to young intercountry adoptees ranging in age from 7 to 12 years. The goal of our program is three-fold:
(1) to foster personal relationships with people who have similar life experiences.
(2) to develop positive self perception through role modeling and companionship with adult international adoptees and members of the minority community.
(3) to facilitate an appreciation of the diverse cultures and races and their contribution to the global family.
In order to accomplish these goals, Also-Known-As provides a safe and exciting opportunity for younger intercountry adoptees to be in a community reflective of their life experiences; to have discussions of issues faced by the intercountry adoption community – race, cultural identity, adoption, and family; and to become active participants in the community through various cultural and voluntary activities.
Information for Mentees
For adoptive parents and our future mentees, this is an opportunity to become involved in a dynamic, young organization of other international adoptees.
- Meets one Saturday a month from September through May;
- A group of international adult adoptee mentors will be present at each of the events;
- Open to children aged 7 - 12 who are intercountry adoptees or children of an intercountry adoptee;
- Parents must complete an application and phone interview;
- Families of the enrollee must pay a fee of $400 to cover the cost of the 9 events;
- Families must be members of Also-Known-As ($50 for annual family membership).
The program runs from September – May. We accept applications from May through July 31st each year. Interviews will be scheduled during the month of July in the order applications are received. Admittance to the program is on rolling first-come, first-serve basis.
Information for Mentors
We are excited to be able to offer this program to adult intercountry adoptees and friends of the adoptee community. We invite prospective mentors to seek this opportunity to become role models, to become a friend, and to be an enriching addition to a young person’s life.
- Be an Also-Known-As member;
- Be at least 21 years old;
- Comfortable and versed in the various issues around intercountry adoption.
- Be able to guarantee a once a month commitment (3-4 hours on a Saturday) for the academic year.
- Complete an application and personal interview;
- Be willing to work in a group setting and be a team player.
Past events have included
- Scavenger Hunt
- Rock Climbing
- Cooking Class
- Ice Skating
- Family Picnic
- Top of the Rock
- Central Park Zoo
- Museum of Natural History
- Brooklyn Bridge
- Statue of Liberty
- Museum of the Moving Image
- Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
- Laser Tag
Annabel Schlossberg is the Director of the Youth Mentorship Program. Please contact Annabel for more information about the program or to submit an application to be a Mentee or Mentor.
Annabel has been involved with Also Known As for the past 10 years in various capacities including being on the Board of Directors, Vice President and Youth Mentorship Director. She was adopted from South Korea when she was three months old and grew up in Brooklyn with her parents and younger brother. Annabel graduated from Binghamton University with a BA in Spanish Language and Literature and currently works as an HR Business Partner at Oxford University Press.
Activities for the Mentorship Program are scheduled for the following dates (all Saturdays):