Our Mentoring Program focuses
on youth between the ages of
7-17 and is based on creating strong community, school, and
What is Mentoring?
Mentoring is a structured and trusting partnership that pairs young people (mentees) with caring adults (mentors) based on common interests and beliefs. Mentors offer guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing and strengthening the character of the youth.
Who are our Mentors?
Our mentors are dedicated volunteers who are at least 18 years of age and have completed an orientation to learn how to interact with young people so there can be opportunity for learning and behavior modifications in relation to daily living, life development, and community involvement.
Who are our Mentees?
Our mentees are between the ages of 7-17 and usually considered to be at-risk youth. Despite common misconceptions, an at-risk youth is not strictly someone who has gotten in trouble with the law, rather they can be any youth who experiences one or more of the following:
- Chronic poverty
- Single parent household and/or spends a lot of time alone
- Poor parenting skills, i.e. lack of structure, negative role models, family discord
- Part of a large family where the can be "lost" in the mix
- Poor or unsupportive schools
- Bad grades
- Bad neighborhoods/communities
- Negative peer influence
- Minority Status
- Low birth weight
- Drug use youth or their caregiver
- Poor social skills
There are many potential outcomes for at-risk youth, some of which are:
- Teen pregnancy
- Drug use
- Criminal or antisocial behavior
- Not completing their high school education
- Low socioeconomic status
- Shorter life span
- Mental health problems
- Lower IQ
- Unhealthy marriages or marriages that end in divorce
Specific signs of at-risk youth:
- Negatively involved with the law
- Failing in school
- Unusual behavior
- Sexually active
- Lack of confidence
So how does the Mentoring Program benefit at-risk youth?
Long term, quality mentoring can include improved academic performance and attendance, improved self-esteem and reduced negative behaviors. Mentors and mentees can develop solid relationships where the mentee can feel that they are fully able to put their trust in an adult who has their best interest at heart. The mentee has access to a support system during critical stages of their academic and career development. Mentees are exposed to diverse perspectives and experiences which will broaden their knowledge and encourage them to strive for greater things.
What does the Outreach Involvement Center specifically offer their mentees?
- Job training assistance
- Job placement assistance
- Community Service
- Life learning skills
If you would like to become a mentor or mentee, please see our applications page and fill out the appropriate form. We look forward to hearing from you!