Mentoring shows kids someone cares about them. Mentors can help children understand they aren’t alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and make them feel like they matter.
- Community-based mentoring: One adult and one youth are teamed up to do activities at least a couple times a month.
- Site-based mentoring: Matches an adult or two with a small group of young people. Together, they will participate in activities at a specific location.
Become a mentor
A chance to give back to the community, have fun and make a positive difference in the life of a child. Volunteers must complete an application, furnish references, be willing to submit to a criminal background check, and able to make a one-year commitment to the mentoring relationship.
Register a child
The Y will match mentors with kids, based on interests. Youth must want a mentor and be attending school. Sometimes kids are referred to Y Mentors by school counselors, teachers, social workers and/or parents.
How mentoring can help
"One thing I've certainly gained is a greater appreciation for the roles that parents, teachers, mentors, and other adults play in the lives of youth. It's not hard to see, once we take the time to be aware and give it some thought, the incredible number of kids and teens that are absolutely crying out for someone to connect with. And while that has always been a normal part of the growing up process, I don't think anyone would argue that many of the challenges and choices that today's youth are faced with are far beyond what any earlier generations have faced. Any time we can connect with a youth in a positive way or help show a young person that character is a part of everything we do (or don't do), I think we're making a difference in the future of our world. Carry on Mentors!"
Please visit Member Services or call 507-287-2260 to inquire about mentorship opportunities.