A positive bond between a developing child and a nurturing adult pays rich dividends that can last a lifetime. Make a difference in the life of a youth even if you don’t have time to be a mentor! No matter how little or big the amount, your donation can impact the lives of young people around you. All youth need caring adults to help guide them, and mentoring is only one way to fill this need.
At CROSSROADS, we appreciate gifts of many kinds, including but not limited to: in-kind donations, financial and planned giving contributions, special event sponsorships and volunteer time – all of which help us fulfill our mission to prevent or reduce youth involvement with the juvenile justice system by fostering positive mentoring relationships between youth and volunteers.
How to Donate:
Online – We accept donations electronically - American Express, MasterCard and VISA. Click on the Donate button below to be taken to a secure website to make your contribution.
Checks – These donations can be mailed to:
Jackie Autman, Director
Partnership for Youth, Inc.
6300 Chimney Rock Rd.
Houston, TX 77081
Gifts of Bequests – These gifts offer donors the opportunity to leave a legacy for CROSSROADS and enjoy tax benefits. Please contact your attorney or financial advisor for more information about planned giving opportunities.
Grocery Store Cards –
- Randalls: Link CROSSROADS ID number (3883) to your Randall's card at the Customer Service Counter to identify CROSSROADS as your nonprofit organization. Each time you shop, have the cashier scan your card, and CROSSROADS will receive a percentage of your purchase as a refund from the store. And, it won't cost you a thing! Get your card at participating stores.
- Kroger: Link CROSSROADS to your Kroger card with our bar code 80946. Click here for more info. (http://www.krogerneighbortoneighbor.com/)
Matching Gift Program – Many employers match donations to charitable organizations for their employees, retirees and family members doubling or sometimes even tripling your donation. Check with your employer (or your spouse’s employer) to find out if your company will match your contribution to CROSSROADS.
Donating to CROSSROADS
Your financial support will be utilized to recruit, screen, and provide orientation and training to prepare community volunteers to become mentors. As youth prepare for returning to their communities, they are often challenged by some of the same at‐risk situations that influenced their behaviors prior to offending and are often at risk for re‐offending. Mentoring with youth still in the detention centers can and does help reduce the likelihood of recidivism upon their release by connecting them with adults in the community who can provide guidance and direction.
Research supporting mentoring suggests that having a sustained, positive relationship with an adult can help strengthen the protective factors that allow youth to overcome barriers that often prevent them from leading healthy and productive lives. Our program is successful because we know and understand that our role in helping the mentoring relationship develop and grow does not end when the two are paired together. We recognize the importance of ongoing support, supervision and reinforcement for our 200+ mentors. The funds we collect are key in providing continual support and training for our mentors who contribute to stronger mentor-youth relationships and increases the retention of our volunteers.