Mentor Me is a school-based youth 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 help, 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 bookstores, restaurants and businesses, and community service opportunities 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, special events 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 firstname.lastname@example.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
- 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
- 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