Mentor Me is a school-based youth mentoring program that connects volunteer adult mentors in one-on-one matches with students in grades K-12 who have been identified by school staff or other interested persons, as needing extra support. Mentors commit to a 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!
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. Through initiatives, such our 100 Active Kids Project, we offer opportunities for mentorships to meet in the community. We may provide movie and pool passes, a wide variety of gift cards to local bookstores, restaurants and businesses, and community service opportunities through our non profit partners.
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 homework help, college counseling, enrichment classes and other essential services for our mentees and their families.
In addition to submitting an application, 3 references, and receiving fingerprint clearance, mentors are provided with training and receive support throughout the year from their School Site Coordinators, program staff, and via our Continuing Mentor Education opportunities. These include our monthly Mentor Roundtable support group, special events and a wealth of offerings from our community partners.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!