Volunteer/Mentor

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Becoming a Youth Guidance Mentor

Mentoring Success
 
Pam came to Youth Guidance after seeing a call for volunteers for our Voyager group. She joined us every Monday evening for an 8 week semester as a group mentor.
During those Monday evenings, Pam laughed with her group of children as they attempted to build an Eiffel tower out of spaghetti and marshmallows, danced with the kids across the floor like no one was looking and sat down to a mouth-watering healthy meal prepared by the Voyager group kids.
 
As Pam continued to volunteer with us, a friendship naturally evolved between herself and one of her group members, Alfonso. Before Alfonso joined the Mentoring Academy at Youth Guidance, he had been struggling to make friends and wasn’t involved in any community activities. Once he joined the Mentoring Academy, Alfonso enjoyed attending the Voyager group every Monday evening and looked forward to Pam’s caring and supportive guidance.
 
After completing an 8 week semester as a volunteer, Pam decided to form a one-to-one mentoring relationship with Alfonso. Pam and Alfonso’s mentoring relationship has flourished. Pam and Alfonso even give back to the Mentoring Academy by preparing a delicious meal for the Voyager group each semester. Alfonso is able to use the cooking skills he learned through the Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy and with Pam’s support has learned the value and enjoyment of providing a service to others.
 
Please Join Us as a Group Mentor
 
You can become a group mentor for just a 8 week (semester) commitment! Join our Mentoring Academy and make a tremendous difference in a child’s life.
 
For more information about Volunteering as a Group Mentor please click here.

One Mentoring Relationship at a Time

The centerpiece of our effort is the mentoring relationship between adult and child.
 
We deeply believe – and experience has shown us – that this relationship is the single biggest catalyst in changing the course of a child’s life. It is the goal and result of all of the programs, camps, events, after-school projects and other opportunities we provide to these underprivileged children.
 
And once the mentoring relationship is in place, it permanently changes lives!
 
The Youth Guidance programs are all designed to bring children and adults into each others’ lives and to ignite a relationship that matures into a bond founded in friendship, exchange, trust and reliance.
Pam serving food to Voyagers Group

Here’s Our Strategy

Enrollment
We enroll eligible kids into Youth Guidance and offer them a variety of activities and outings to join.

 

Recruitment
We bring in Partners from local businesses, civic groups and other volunteers to join in these activities and to meet our kids.

Matching
Our volunteers meet our kids, teach them a new skill or pastime, and look for the spark between adult and child that might lead to a future relationship.

Mentors and Mentoring Groups
When the spark occurs, the relationship may take one of two forms. At times, the volunteer finds himself or herself in a one-on-one relationship. At other times, it occurs as part of a group where the adult volunteer takes two to four kids under his or her wing.

Volunteers and Activities Drive the Matching Process

Fishing, tutoring, kayaking, museums, tennis, the arts… Over the years, we have learned the best way to match our children with a mentor is to immerse them in activities which engage them both. The very best of these are undertakings that are both a learning experience and fun. When we do it this way, three things happen: A relationship kicks off amidst the fun of an activity that gives both adult and child an easy context in which to get to know each other. The Youth Guidance child sees the adult volunteer not only as a knowledgeable and experienced in the activity of the day, but also a prospective mentor. Both the volunteer and the child have an opportunity to gain a sense of each other’s enthusiasm for a lasting friendship.
 

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