The goal of the Amigos Mentoring program is to prevent behaviors that bring young people into the juvenile justice system by providing positive adult role models who form consistent and positive relationships with youth.
Basic Mentor Requirements At least 24 years old Driver’s License and motor vehicle insurance Will be dependable and consistent in meeting program requirements Will communicate regularly with program staff, share challenges and success stories Will complete the program enrollment, training, data collection and evaluation process Role of a Mentor Serve as a positive role model, friend and advocate. Focus on mentee’s strengths and help them learn from mistakes without judging them. Build the relationship by striving for mutual respect. Build self-esteem and motivation. Set small goals and work towards accomplishing them. Celebrate small successes and share positive news with families and Amigos staff. Share any potential barriers or the need for additional services that may be discovered with program staff so they may intervene and help find resources as necessary. Have fun! Learn about mentee’s interests and find activities that you both enjoy doing. Help them find things they are good at. Time Commitment Meet with mentee once a week for a minimum of 1.5 hours Attend required 3 hour pre-service mentor training session and complete at least 4 hours of ongoing/annual mentor training Attend mentor/mentee group events and celebrations Connect with mentee’s parent at least once a month to share positive feedback, discuss behavior and explore solutions. Reinforce positive messages about behavior. Benefits Satisfaction in helping someone mature, progress, and achieve goals - increasing the likelihood of future success Personal fulfillment through contribution to community and individual Personalized ongoing support and supervision to help your match and your youth succeed Up to $750 stipend per mentee over three years
About Community Mentoring - Family Services of the Merrimack Valley
430 North Canal Street, Lawrence, MA 01840, US
Our Community Mentoring Programs aim to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth. We are a volunteer organization that provides support, guidance, and friendship to children by matching youngsters to adult role models. We match each child we serve with a mentor who believes in them. We offer our mentors the opportunity to experience the magic that comes with exposing a child to new perspectives and possibilities.
Mentors open doors and challenge young minds. Outings might be recreational, character building, or educational. A mentor could provide the first opportunity for a child to explore a museum, hike a mountain, or join a sports team. They may be the only adult in the child's life who can consistently devote time to just hanging out, one-on-one. The most common outings are as simple as walking in the park, baking a cake, or renting a movie. Mentors have the opportunity to be a true friend to a child in need.