Each year, CFF matches each of the 25 chosen teens with a mentor in the career or related field a teen is interested in learning about. The matched duo creates a one-on-one quality relationship wherein the mentors inspire youth to follow their professional, personal or educational aspirations.
Throughout the one-year program, the teenagers partake in motivational presentations from influential people in the local community. Leaders of the community including the mayor, city prosecutor, chief of police, local business owners, and other community organizers lend their time to share their personal stories and inspire the teens to persevere toward a personal vision, to press on. CFF provides the VIPs with after-school tutoring, homework assistance, and monthly educational virtual workshops with their mentors.
During each session, the teen and mentor develop and strengthen their relationship. They discuss an important topic each session to help the teen develop into responsible citizens. They become knowledgeable about their communities, aware of social issues, and are prepared to confront challenges and resist pressures that will keep them back.
A sample of topics include:
- Ethical leadership,
- Setting boundaries in relationships to avoid domestic violence,
- Anti-bullying and self-esteem,
- Suicide prevention, substance abuse, gangs,
- Effective communication, etiquette,
- Financial literacy and career planning.