Mentoring is a simple concept: Connect one youth with one responsible adult, and build a healthy friendship. It sets the stage and gives volunteers the props for developing this important, life-changing relationship.
Building Bridges Through Mentoring (Winneshiek County)
Allamakee Mentoring Program (Allamakee County)
Mentoring Connection for Delaware County.
Howard, Winneshiek, and Allamakee programs offer community-based matches. These matches take volunteers (as individuals, a couple, or an entire family) and connect them with one youth in their community.
Delaware County's programs have three options in addition to community-based:
School-Based | Volunteers age 16 and older are matched with a child for a minimum of one school year. The volunteer meets with the student, between the ages of 5 to 16, for 45 minutes to one hour each week. These matches meet during the school day and on the school grounds. Each match meets one designated day per week throughout the school year.
Enhanced-School Based | This program is an extension of the School-Based option, allowing matches to occasionally meet off the school grounds doing things in the community. Matches meet a minimum of 4-5 hours each month.
After-School Program | Volunteer high school students, grades 10 to 12 and ages 16 and older, are matched with a child, between the ages of 7 to 13. They meet from 3:15–4:15 p.m. one designated day per week after school. The match is a one year commitment.
Mentoring coordinators check in with volunteer mentors and mentees and their families on a regular basis. They answer any questions, address and concerns, and connect you to other resources that can make your experience even better.
Throughout the year, mentoring coordinators work together with each county's advisory committee to host events. These festivities provide a setting for youth and volunteers to get to know others in the program and expand their friendship network. The events often are set at local attractions, parks, or places. Sometimes this is the first time a youth has ever had that type of experience.
Each month mentors can turn in receipts for reimbursement of the expenses accrued while they spent time with their mentee.
I love sharing fun events, new adventures that they have never done, seeing the smiles and sparkles in their eyes, knowing I am leaving a lifelong impact on a person, making a difference for someone, brightening their world as well as mine.
My child's mentor has positively promoted him to grow. I feel his mentor allows him to share information he doesn't want to talk about with mom and dad.
Every youth—no matter what their background— can benefit from one other adult to trust.
Youth think it is great that they get to spend the time with someone at our fun events. Sometimes they can get a permanent mentor from this experience. Occasionally, events require that a youth attend with an adult. In this case, MFADs allow a youth to go even if they do not have a regular mentor.
The main way people hear about this unique chance to change a youth's life is from a colleague, friend, or family member. You can download and print off any of these tools to help introduce the idea of mentoring to your coworkers, club members, or customers.
Resources for All Counties
Allamakee, Howard, and Winneshiek Program Resources
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