Community Based Mentoring
How it works to strengthen our community
Children in fourth through ninth grade are matched with an adult role model, to engage in healthy activities they both enjoy. Matches meet in the community at least twice a month, in the after school hours. Community mentors offer youth an opportunity to gain broader worldview through increased access to area and regional activities and youth feel they matter to people in their community. Some highlights from the 2016-2017 survey show how the mentoring relationships are meaningful to both the mentor and the mentee.
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100% of mentors report - I have introduced my mentee to a new place, activity or concept that he/she may not have had exposure to otherwise.
100% of mentees report - I am hopeful about my future.
93% of mentees report - When I’m with my mentor, I feel important.
100% of mentees report - I feel comfortable while I’m with my mentor.
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Mentor pairs are thoughtfully matched:
Mentors and mentees are carefully matched based on similar interests, personality, and motivation in being part of our mentoring community. This makes being together a mutually enjoyable experience, increasing the impact of having a mentor in one's life. Click here to read stories of individual mentor pairs.
Spending one-on-one time together:
Matches get together in the community doing things they both enjoy. Matches are encouraged to do free or low cost activities in our community, and often do the most simple things together. Some examples of things matches do together can be found by clicking here.
Mentors and mentees in the community program enjoy getting together as a group during program sponsored events. Group activities are one way mentors and mentees are supported through our program. Click here for more examples of group activities.
Support from the program director:
Matches are supported through regular contact with the program director. Mentees are able to check in with the director at school and at group activities. Mentors receive a 2 hour orientation training, a monthly newsletter with suggestions of things to do and links to information to support the mentoring relationship. Mentors are also encouraged to attend mentor events to learn from other mentors. Pairs also report what they are doing together to the mentor director, and receive support as needed.