Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance
- Children & Youth
- Education & Literacy
LocationPO Box 721Sonoma, CA 95476 United States
The Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance invests in the future of the community by creating and supervising long-term relationships between caring adults and at-risk school children
in need of academic and social support. We do this through one-on-one or group/team mentoring. Children in grades k-12 are nominated for a mentor by their teachers, school counselors, parents, neighbors or in many cases, kids self-refer. We have a Mentor Center located on every public school campus within the Sonoma Valley Unified School District, complete with a wide variety of fun activities that help mentors and mentees to build a trusting relationship. Examples include study areas, art supplies, board games, puzzles, sports equipment, air hockey, fooz ball, pool tables, etc. Mentors meet for a minimum of one hour, once a week during the school day, at a time when the teacher allows them to leave their classroom to go to the Mentor Center. Mentors receive an initial 4 hour training/orientation, followed by ongoing support in the form of an annual Mentor Forum, Author Seminars, Round-table Workshops, one-on-one counseling and monthly support groups. Mentees also receive pre-match training to fully understand the role they play in the match. All matches are made based on mutual interests. We also provide an array of after-school enrichment activities and field trips to keep mentoring fun. Mentors are asked to make a serious, long-term commitment to the child or group they are matched with. Our hope is that these friendships will last a lifetime.
We are looking for both male and female adults, 21 years of age or older, with a minimum education of high school graduation. Applicants will be required to complete an online application, undergo fingerprinting for state and federal criminal background check, complete a drivers form showing proof of insurance and limits of liability, attend a 4 hour training/orientation, then have a 1/2 hour interview with the Mentor Center Facilitator prior to being matched. We are looking for volunteers who are good listeners, lead by example, exhibit good role-modeling, and are committed and dedicated to the child/children they are matched with. We are hoping for long-term commitments of multiple years, with the intent that if we do our job right in making the best match possible, and offer ongoing support services when needed, mentoring relationships can, and will, last forever!