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Mentor Me (a program of Petaluma People Services Center) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower young people to reach their highest potential by matching them with a mentor. We are reliant upon and grateful for the generosity of the community of volunteers, grantors, and donors who give life to this mission.

Changing Lives – A Mentoring Impact Story What if you could change the course of a child’s life by just showing up for an hour a week? What if your own life felt fuller, richer, and more meaningful because of it? That’s exactly what happened for Lynn and Leslie when mentor Lynn Camhi watched her mentee Leslie Mejia graduate from the University of California Berkeley, a defining moment of their remarkable relationship. READ MORE

Our Vision We envision a world where every child has a mentor and you can help us reach that goal. Please click HERE to become a mentor today!

About

About Us

Serving youth ages 5-17 since the year 2001, Mentor Me currently has 250 active mentorships and nearly 90 youth on our waiting list. Trained adult mentors spend at least an hour a week with their mentees in Mentor Centers located on our partner school campuses, as well as at the Mentor Me Cavanagh Recreation Center. Mentor Centers are rooms on school campuses that provide a safe environment to foster trusting relationships between mentors and mentees. Our School Site Coordinators lead the mentoring programs at each school, managing the centers, recruiting mentors, accepting student nominations from teachers and counselors, meeting with parents and mentors, making mentor matches, and supervising mentorships.

Utilizing our Mentoring for Success Model, we strive to make all children feel safe to CONNECT with others and their community, feel empowered to GROW into their highest potential and feel moved to CONTRIBUTE their talents to build a more positive world.

Our History

In 2000, a group of concerned parents, teachers and community members came together to explore ways to support students who were recognized as “falling through the cracks,” at McNear Elementary School in Petaluma, California. Students who, for various reasons, were struggling academically, and/or socially. Supporting these youth was all the more challenging when the California Department of Education cut funding for elementary school counseling services, leaving a lack of support and guidance for many students whose life circumstances made them particularly vulnerable to failure.

In 2001, the McNear Mentoring Program was started. Carefully selected adult mentors supported three mentees that year. Additional Petaluma schools were added to the mentor program, and in 2004 the program’s name was changed to Mentor Me Petaluma. In 2014, the name was changed to Mentor Me to support youth beyond Petaluma.

In 2014, Mentor Me took over management of the Cavanagh Recreation Center, a 12,000 square foot community center owned by the City of Petaluma. After over $300,000 in renovations, the facility, which was built in 1959, has emerged as the go-to place for our mentees and their mentors, offering opportunities for educational enrichment (cooking classes, art/music programs, sports), for academic tutoring services and career exploration, and to receive college admissions coaching. In addition, the Center serves as the Mentor Me administrative offices and provides income for the organization by renting spaces within the facility for all kinds of events. The Mentor Me Cavanagh Recreation Center is located at 426 8th Street in Petaluma. We welcome the public to come in for a tour.

On February 1, 2020, Mentor Me became a program of Petaluma People Services Center (PPSC). PPSC was incorporated on December 2, 1976 and is a 501(c)3 private nonprofit organization. PPSC is dedicated to improving the social and economic health of our community by providing programs that strengthen the dignity and self-sufficiency of the individual.

As a Program of PPSC, Mentor Me’s mission is to empower youth to reach their highest potential by providing them with a caring, adult mentor and we envision a world where EVERY child has a mentor.

Printable Timeline of our History

 

 

Become a Mentor

“There is nothing that you can do with a few hours of your time each month that will have a more profound influence on the direction of a child’s life than Mentoring” – Mike Johnson, CEO of COTS (Committee On The Shelterless)

If you would like to learn more and speak with staff, check out our Orientation sessions as well as our upcoming training dates here. Questions may be directed to info@wrmm.org or 707.778.4798. Thank you and we look forward to connecting with you to support our young people in achieving their highest potential!

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Sponsors

Petaluma Community Foundation

Petaluma Community Foundation

Petaluma Education Foundation

Petaluma Education Foundation

10,000 Degrees

10,000 Degrees

Petaluma Police Department

Petaluma Police Department

COTS

COTS

Petaluma Health Care District

Petaluma Health Care District

Salvation Army

Salvation Army

Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together

Petaluma Service Alliance

Petaluma Service Alliance

Petaluma People Services Center

Petaluma People Services Center

Petaluma City Schools

Petaluma City Schools

OASD

OASD

Waugh School District

Waugh School District

Senior Corps

Senior Corps

Oakhill Dentistry

Oakhill Dentistry

Girls United Soccer Academy

Girls United Soccer Academy

Petaluma Youth Soccer League

Petaluma Youth Soccer League

Luma Fitness

Luma Fitness