enriching young lives with an additional adult influence
Yad B’Yad is a program where Jewish adult volunteers act as mentors, companions, and role models to a Jewish child from a single-parent home. The relationship strengthens the family by enriching their lives with an additional adult influence.
The program is open to children between the ages of 6 and 17.
Robbie and his big Yad, Jeff, who helps to fill the void that was created in Robbie’s life since the death of his father, are inseparable.
They go fishing, they go to the movies, they go out to eat. Much admiration can be found in Robbie’s voice when he talks about Jeff.
“Jeff is all the time fun,” says Robbie. “He’s always been there for me. And it makes me feel pretty good.”
Jeff provides Robbie with advice and support. But Robbie gives back to Jeff, too. They talk about their lives and their problems; they learn as much about each other as they do about themselves.
Yad B’Yad provides Robbie not only an important male influence, but with a close friend.
Some Events Include:
- Annual Hanukkah Party
- Sporting events
- Pizza parties
Benefits for the Child:
- Benefits by participating in a variety of fun activities.
- Develops confidence
- Deepens their self-identity
- Has fun!
Benefits for the Single Parent:
- Benefits from the help and support of a mentor in their child’s life
- Is enriched by an additional adult’s positive influence for their child.
Benefits for the Volunteer*:
- Benefits by mentoring a child in need.
- Is a positive role model.
- Gives of their time and energy to strengthen the Jewish community.
- Has fun!
*Volunteers are carefully screened, including a background check, to ensure the highest level of care and safety for the child.
Yad B’ Yad Program Coordinator
Provided by The Rothman Family Foundation.