Mentoring is the core foundation for which Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development was established. Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development has a goal through its mentoring program to provide 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 student, while pushing for academic success.
Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development recruits potential mentors from the local community to provide leadership, friendship, reinforcement, support, and guidance to the students. The ideal mentor is a role model, who is experienced, motivated, established, and has a true desire to help the students. Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development interviews each mentor to get an understanding on what they plan to offer and expect to gain from this experience. Every mentor must pass an extensive background check ensuring they are suitable for the role.
After the screening is complete, Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development hosts a mixer every semester with mentors, students, parents, and staff at which the matching process takes place. Once bonds have been formed, throughout each semester, as the mentor establishes their role, Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development monitors each relationship ensuring that the goals of the program are being satisfied.
Mentoring has proven to be a powerful tool in helping students fulfill their potential and bring new hope to their young lives. The program seeks to develop strong relationships with the students and to interact with them and their mentors consistently in a variety of activities and events, establishing lasting relationships that will go far and beyond their high school career.