The experts all agree: any effort to help the next generation-especially children at risk-must include mentoring. Mentoring is one of the key activities included in a comprehensive violence prevention and healthy development program approach. Mentoring can help young people change direction and do better academically and socially.A mentor is an adult who, along with parents, provides young people with support, friendship, reinforcement and constructive example. Mentors are good listeners, people who care, and want to help young people develop existing strengths.How do you become a mentor? Becoming a mentor requires attending one two-hour training session, completing an application and a background check. Becoming a mentor also involves committing to spending 30 minutes per week during school hours with a student for the school year and hopefully the following year. We need individuals, businesses, church organizations, and community members to become involved in the mentoring program.
Unable to attend a training? Would you like to have a training during the day or at your organization or worksite? No problem - Mentor training is available upon request for groups of 10 or more. Last year training was held at churches, civic groups, mortgage companies, schools, and many other locations.
From August 2018 to May 2019, 567 mentors gave approximately 5,667 hours of their support and encouragement to students. Currently, there is a waiting list of mentees at each school who need mentors.To see how mentoring has impacted one student's life, click here.How to Become a Mentor