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Current youth who are paired with a volunteer mentor or mentoring family and local youth waiting to be matched with a role model.
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Mentor/mentee pair talk about what they like about the mentoring program at Helping Services.
Youth Mentoring encompasses four programs:
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:
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.
- Norman Borlaug Farm
- Food and Fitness
- Pinter’s Garden and Pumpkins
- Niagara Cave
- KWWL News Station
- Movie and Pizza
Held almost monthly, topics are driven by mentor questions or the mentoring team’s insight into the needs of mentees.
Examples of Topics:
- A Budget, What’s That?
- Self Acceptance
- Step into Spring with Good Hygiene
- Talking with Your Mentee about Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
- Face-to-Face Communication
- Social Networking and Bullying: What Adults Should Know
Each month mentors can turn in receipts for reimbursement of the expenses accrued while they spent time with their mentee.