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.
Benefits of Mentoring
A mentor is a caring, responsible adult who devotes time to a young person. Although mentors can fill any number of different roles, all mentors have the same goal in common: to help young people achieve their potential and discover their strengths.
A mentor may help a young person:
Help on a project for school.
Plan for college or other institution of higher learning.
Set career goals and start taking steps to realize them.
Make healthy choices about day-to-day life, from food to exercise and beyond.
Think through a problem at home or school.
Assists with every day life issues that arise.
If you think you'd make a good mentor, great. We have lots of information about the many opportunities that are available. But you should be aware that it may take a while to be matched with a youth. MPYD is concerned with the well being and safety of both youth and the volunteer mentors.
In joining our mentoring program, you will be asked to go through an application process. As part of that process, you will need to supply personal and professional references, a background check performed by LiveScan, a TB test, and complete a personal interview. Also, remember that the role of a mentor comes with substantial responsibilities so you will be required to take part in an orientation and training. Throughout the duration of your mentoring relationship, be sure to seek support from the program coordinator.