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Why We Do What We Do
1 in 3 children will grow up without a mentor. Parents and teachers see the powerful, positive changes in their students who have mentors, and agree that Mentor Me is delivering on its mission to help children reach their highest potential.

Changing Lives – An 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, in May of 2017, Mentor Lynn Camhi watched her mentee Leslie Mejia graduate from the University of California Berkeley, a defining moment of their remarkable 14-year relationship. READ MORE

Say Yes to Mentoring
Our vision is to match every child who needs a mentor with a caring adult and your decision to mentor will help us reach our goal. Thank you! Please click on the Become A Mentor tab above to begin the application process.

About

Mentor Me empowers youth in need to achieve their highest potential through mentoring and advocacy. We envision a world where every child in need has a mentor. Utilizing our Mentoring for Success Model, we strive for a world where every child feels safe to CONNECT with others and the world around them; feels empowered to GROW into their highest potential; and feels moved to CONTRIBUTE their talents to build a more positive world.

Our History

Mentor Me is a registered 501c3 nonprofit that helps young people achieve their best in school and in life by providing mentoring and advocacy programs and services. 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. These youth were struggling to succeed academically, often due to at-home challenges, including mental and behavioral health issues and family challenges such as unemployment, incarceration and drug use. Supporting these youth was all the more challenging due to the California Department of Education cutting funding for elementary school counseling services, leaving a lack of support and guidance for many students whose life circumstances made them particularly vulnerable to academic failure and participation in risky behavior.

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 at-risk, in-need youth beyond Petaluma.

Serving youth ages 5-17, Mentor Me currently has over 200 active school-based mentorships in place, and nearly 100 youth on our wait list. Trained adult mentors spend at least an hour a week with their mentees in Mentor Centers located in partner schools and at the Mentor Me Cavanagh Recreation Center. Mentor Centers are rooms on school campuses that include equipment and supplies that support developmental relationships between mentors and students. Our Campus Liaisons and School Site Coordinators lead the mentoring programs at each site, managing the centers, recruiting mentors, accepting student nominations from teachers and counselors, meeting with parents and mentors, making mentor matches, and supervising mentorships.

In 2014, MM 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 over 400 K-12 low-income, at-risk youth mentees and their mentors. Youth can visit year-round during non-school hours to engage in academic, social and recreation activities, during times when they are generally unsupervised (after school, summer and school breaks) and prone to engaging in risky behavior such as drug use, alcohol use, sexual activity, and gang activity. Mentees and their mentors can participate in educational enrichment activities (cooking classes, art/music programs, sports), find academic tutoring services, participate in career exploration activities, and receive college admissions coaching. The Center also serves as the Mentor Me administrative offices.

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)

Thank you for your interest in our program

Mentor Me is a school-based mentoring program that provides volunteer adult mentors in one-on-one matches for students in grades K-12 who have been identified by school staff or other interested persons, as needing extra support. Mentors meet with their mentees for a minimum of one hour, once a week during the school day, at our mentor centers on the school campuses. These centers are overseen by our School Site Coordinators and offer activities that help to build trusting relationships between our mentors and mentees. Activities include playing board games, tackling puzzles, helping with school work, playing sports, or just hanging out together. Mentors and mentees can eventually meet off campus, too. We also operate the Mentor Me Cavanagh Recreation Center, our recently remodeled 12,000 sq. ft. facility where many of our mentorships meet during and after school. The center includes a Student Lounge, Art Room, Cafe, and a Game Room complete with a piano, billiards, air hockey, ping pong and foosball tables. We also have a full sized gym equipped for basketball, volleyball and soccer. A community pool is located next door. The center also provides a homework club, tutoring, college counseling, enrichment classes and other essential services for our mentees and their families.Through our 100 Active Kids Project, we offer many opportunities for mentorships to meet in the community, as well. We have access to movie and pool passes, a wide variety of gift cards to local restaurants and businesses, and ways to get involved with our non profit partners.

Once accepted, mentors attend a 2 hour training. Mentors also receive support throughout the year from their School Site Coordinators, from our Executive Director and via our Continuing Mentor Education opportunities.  These include our monthly Mentor Roundtable support group, our Inspired Speaker Series, and a wealth of offerings from our community partners.

Mentors are asked to stay in their mentoring friendship for at least 2 years. A real indicator of the success of our program is that 96% of our mentors complete their 2-year commitment, and 90% of our mentors continue for three or more years!

When you are ready to begin the application process, you may download all the necessary forms HERE.  You may also call or drop by our office to obtain the forms. Questions may be directed to info(@)wrmm.org or 707.778.4798. Thank you!

The Mentor Role
  • 95% of the job is showing up!
  • Take the lead in supporting a young person through the consistency of an ongoing, one-to-one relationship
  • Serve as a positive role model and friend
  • Build the relationship by planning and participating in activities together
  • Strive for mutual respect and good communication
  • Build self-esteem and motivation in the mentee
  • Help set goals and work toward accomplishing them
Time Commitment
  • Make a two-year commitment (with option to be flexible!)
  • Spend a minimum of one hour per week one-to-one with a mentee, during the school year
  • Attend the New Mentor Training session and at least two additional ongoing training activities (Mentor Roundtables, Forums, Continuing Mentor Education Opportunities. etc.) per year during each year of participation in the program
Participation Requirements
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be interested in working with young people
  • Be willing to adhere to all program policies and procedures
  • Be willing to complete the application and screening process
  • Be dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments
  • Attend mentor training sessions as prescribed
  • Be willing to communicate regularly with program staff, submit activity information, and take constructive feedback regarding mentoring activities
  • Be willing to complete an annual program survey

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Petaluma Community Foundation

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Petaluma Education Foundation

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10,000 Degrees

10,000 Degrees

Sunny Hills Services

Sunny Hills Services

Petaluma Polics Department

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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

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Waugh School District

Waugh School District

Senior Corps

Senior Corps

Oakhill Dentistry

Oakhill Dentistry

Girls United Soccer Academy

Girls United Soccer Academy