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 2.5 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 from our website WeAreMentorMe.org. 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 Value of Mentoring
First and foremost, community volunteer mentors are the backbone of Mentor Me. Mentors are asked for a two year commitment. During this period, the mentors spend a minimum of one hour a week with their mentees. Parents and teachers see these powerful, positive changes in their students and agree that the mentoring program is delivering on its mission to help children reach their highest potential.
A real indicator for the success of the program is that 96% of the mentors complete their 2-year commitment and, 90% of the mentors continue for three or more years!
The expected outcomes for each mentored youth in the program are:
- Increased academic performance
- Improved school attendance
- Greater classroom engagement
- Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use
- Decreased violent behavior
- Improved perceptions of parental relationship
- Decreased gang involvement
- Graduation from high school and seamless transition into post-secondary education
When an individual adult mentors a child, the benefits to that child and to the communities are significant. A national study indicates that youth involved in formal, high quality relationships attend school more regularly, have better attitudes and behaviors at school, and are more likely to pursue post-secondary education. The study also discovered that mentored youth, as compared to un-mentored youth, are 46% less likely to initiate drug use; 27% less likely to initiate alcohol use; 52% less likely to skip school; and 32% less likely to hit someone.
During the 2014-15 school year, 98% of mentored youth reported that they benefited from mentoring in at least one of the above-noted areas.
At its most basic level, mentoring helps because it guarantees a young person that there is someone who cares about them. A child is not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges.
Think back. Did you know how to study for a test or make plans for college? Do you remember wanting your first car or looking for a part-time job? Simple things that seem easy or straightforward to you now may appear to be a complete mystery to a young person.
Mentors provide their mentees with an experienced friend who is there to help in any number of situations.
SUPPORT FOR EDUCATION
- Mentors help keep students in school.
- Students with mentors are more likely to pursue postsecondary education.
- Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class.
- Mentors help with homework and can improve their mentees’ academic skills.
SUPPORT WITH DAY-TO-DAY LIVING
- Mentors help improve a young person’s self-esteem.
- Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking, and 32% less likely to engage in fights.
- About 40% of a teenager’s waking hours are spent without companionship or supervision. Mentors provide teens with a valuable place to spend free time.
- Mentors teach young people how to relate well to all kinds of people and help them strengthen communication skills.
- Mentors instill confidence and build character.
SUPPORT IN THE COMMUNITY
- Mentors help young people set career goals and start taking steps to realize them.
- Mentors can use their personal contacts to help young people meet industry professionals, find internships and locate job possibilities.
- Mentors introduce young people to professional resources and organizations they may not know.
- Mentors can help their mentees learn how to seek and keep jobs.
- Mentoring creates community.