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WHY MENTOR?

A mentor is, first and foremost, a positive friend that arranges consistent, comfortable, and enjoyable meetings with a youth.

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

Increased self-esteem

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

SUCCESSFUL MENTORS

Change the behavior of the child

Are not authoritarian

Decide activities together with their matched friend

Are consistent and dependable

Have realistic expectations

Are patient

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!

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