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Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy

Location

380 N. Mulberry St.Mansfield, OH 44902 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

We offer 2 different programs to the children of this community who are in need of support and guidance.

The Community Based Program
For as little as an hour a week, Mentors and their Mentees meet in their community to share fun activities ? stories ? and a little bit of themselves. Community-Based Mentoring is the traditional mentoring relationship. It's all about the individual time spent with the volunteer and the young person doing things they enjoy - a few hours a couple times a month filled with shared interests and activities like: shooting hoops, playing a board game, sharing a pizza, taking a walk in the park, or just hanging out and talking. The schedule can be flexible to meet the needs of mentors and young people in different kinds of situations. Some Mentors meet their Mentees on the weekend or in the evening. Others get together with their Mentees after school.

The High School Bigs Program
High School students serve as a Mentor to elementary students. This is a Win-Win situation. The High School kids are exposed to the benefits of volunteering, learning responsibility, and both they and their "littles" experience an increase in self-esteem. The kids spend the first 30 min working on homework or reading books, and the second 30 minutes doing a craft, playing a board game or other activity, or just hanging out and talking. There are currently 3 different High School Bigs programs operating this school year serving 110 kids.

Description

The mentors in our program come from all backgrounds and are from all ages. Volunteer mentors need to be over the age of 18 and able to pass our screen process which includes: Social Security number verification, Local, State and Nationwide criminal history checks, a Motor Vehicle Department driving record check and proof of insurance, Child abuse registry check, and Sexual Offender registry check, along with personal and employment reference checks, a home assessment, and and in-person interview. Child safety and development is at the core of our program and we are looking for Mentors who can help us encourage and support the kids in our community by spending time and experiences with them.

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