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Become a Mentor

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

SUCCESSFUL MENTORS

  • Change the behavior of the child
  • Are not authoritarian
  • Decide activities together with their matched friend
  • Are consistent and dependable
  • Have realistic expectatins
  • 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
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WHAY MENTOR?

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

TRAINING FOR MENTORS

More SMYL Program/Mentor Trainings are scheduled for the future!  Look for the information posted on this page, our Facebook page, or through email.

BENEFITS FOR MENTORS


  • 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
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NEWS FOR MENTORS AND 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 at this page or our Facebook page for more information.