What to expect
Being a mentor is being a positive role model for a child, between 7-18 years old, who needs and wants one, possibly because
- Guardians, due to various circumstances, are unable to dedicated as much time as needed
- There is a desire to confide in adult other than their immediate family
- There is a need for a foster youth to have a consistent adult in their life
Mentoring is about being developmental not prescriptive. Prescriptive is when the mentor emphasizes their own goals and/or setting expectations for a mentee that are often not met. Developmental is when goals and expectations are based on the needs of the protégé.
Your weekly visit with your mentee may include activities such as a visiting the library, walking in the park, attending a sporting event, shopping, job shadowing, helping with school work or just talking about what’s going on.
In addition to paying attention and expressing genuine interest in your mentee’s life, needs, fears and desires, you may also provide opportunities for your mentee to learn in areas of interest or provide connections for jobs and career exploration. To help you encourage your mentee to complete their education, make healthy choices and pursue their dreams, we provide you with:
- Project manager available to answer questions for both you and your mentee
- Goal-Setting Tool plus training on how to use it
- Support group. Opportunities to meet with other mentors via meetings, workshops and other social events
Read what mentors and mentees thought about the experience. Testimonials
Guiding your mentee towards an adulthood of healthy choices, successful employment and positive relationships can be both a challenge and rewarding experience. Take the next step by selecting a mentoring program