At its most basic level, mentoring helps because it guaranteers a young person that there is someone who cares about them.
Mentors provide their matched friend with an experienced person who is there to help in any number of situations. The mentor, in turn, also benefits from their friendship.
BENEFITS FOR MENTORS
A sense of accomplishment
Creation of networks of volunteers
Insight into childhood, adolescence, and youth adulthood
Increased patience and improved supervisory skills
BENEFITS FOR YOUTH
Increased high school graduation rates
Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices
Better attitude about school
Higher college enrollment and educational aspirations
Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
Improved behavior, both at home and at school
Stronger relationships with parents, teachers and peers
Improved interpersonal skills
Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use
Change the behavior of the child
Are not authoritarian
Decide activities together with their matched friend
Are consistent and dependable
Have realistic expectations
Focus on having fun
Set boundaries and limits
Acknowledge that positive impact on the child comes after the relationship is built
Put a child's safety and well-being first
Mentor Coordinator - Matt Coleman
Case Manager - Charlene Thomas
& Cassie Eschweiler
Research Assistant - Jessie Gase
More SMYL Program/Mentor Trainings are scheduled for the future!
Look out for information posted on this page, our Facebook page, or through email.
TRAINING FOR MENTORS
NEWS FOR MENTORS & MENTEES
If members of our program are interested in spending more time at the YMCA, Please call
or email the SMYL office for more information.
SMYL Sponsored Events
look to this page for more information in the future!