The "Making a Difference" Mentorship Program

It’s never too late, mentors are needed on an ongoing basis.

What is Mentoring?

A matter of trust. Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee. A mentor is an adult who, along with parents, provides a young person with support, counsel, friendship, reinforcement and constructive example. Mentors are good listeners, people who care, people who want to help young people bring out strengths that are already there. A mentor is not a foster parent, therapist, parole officer, or cool peer.

All young people have the potential to succeed in life and contribute to society. All children have the potential to succeed in life and contribute to society. However, not all children get the support they need to thrive. Mentoring – the presence of caring adults offering support, advice, friendship, reinforcement and constructive examples – has proved to be a powerful tool for helping young people fulfills their potential. Source: Mentoring.org

Our mentors come from all different backgrounds, but they all share a passion for supporting our children. MAN Mentors are built around the idea that through a healthy encouraging relationship we unearth our greatest potential. When a child has the love, support and encouragement from a dedicated mentor and friend, there is no end to the possibilities life presents.

How Does the Mentoring Program Work?

MAN Mentors are community members who value higher education and helping youth to be successful in their lives. They come fron a variety of career and community service experience. MAN Mentors share a common goal of providing a support system for the MAN mentee as the students prepare for college. Mentoring involves a working relationship with the organization and the guidance staff based at each mentee’s high school.

MAN Mentors serve many roles, such as:

  • Support students from the spring of their sophomore year of high school through college
  • Model positive social behaviors such as intergrity, punctuality, work ethics and compassion
  • Share information about college admission and financial aid forms.
  • Discuss career and academic goals
  • Help prepare students for college and life beyond high school.

Mentors in MAN Mentors are:

  • 21 years or older
  • Value higher education and the goal of obtaining a four-year college degree
  • Enjoy working with rising high school juniors and seniors
  • Have an appreciation for cultural diversity and an ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Willing and able to commit to a MAN Mentee from their sophomore year of high school through their first two months of college
  • Finger printed, background checked, interviewed, and trained

When we are able to step outside ourselves and give back, an amazing thing happens; we impact not only the lives of those around us but our own lives as well. Our mentors change the course of their child's life as well as their own.

Steps to becoming a Mentor:

  • Submit an application
  • Have background checked
  • Review of letters of reference
  • Personal interview with MAN Mentoring Committee
  • Attend MAN Mentors training

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