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TRUE Mentors is a one-to-one mentoring program matching children ages 7 - 17 with mentors in Hoboken, NJ. TRUE Mentors' mission is to unearth the excellence of children and mentors through relationships.
Children in Hoboken face above average levels of crime and poverty. Kids today also face bullying and social pressures that have only increased with the use of social media and technology. TRUE Mentors believes that these negative influences and factors can be combated through TRUE relationships.
Relationships are an important part of everyone’s life. From an early age, we have friends and family; then we move to classmates and co-workers. Throughout it all, relationships affect us. At TRUE Mentors, we recognize the value of healthy, strong relationships. Our programs, designed for kids ages 7-17, are designed around these three types of relationships:
- Mentoring addresses the one to one relationship, such as the relationship one has with their best friend. With mentoring, kids are matched one on one with a caring adult mentor who has similar interests.
- Classes create the opportunity to explore group relationships. So often in life we are part of teams or groups of people where we must navigate multiple viewpoints and be open to new ideas. With our classes, kids have weekly opportunities to learn in these relationships.
- The Teen Internship Programoffers teens the opportunity to explore workplace relationships. We don’t get to choose who our co-workers are, so this experience with a trusted mentor can be invaluable. Through a paid internship, teens gain experience in the workplace with mentors to guide them.
"This year, mentoring has impacted my life by making me more aware of circumstances other people face in their lives, and how simple gestures can make a huge difference. Everyone is different and therefore faces different challenges on a daily basis that impact them. By mentoring, I have become more self-aware of these differences, more open minded, and more driven to help make a difference. I have realized that the most simple gestures or words can go a long way. Mentoring has also given me more of a feeling of self-satisfaction when I see and hear firsthand that I have made a difference." - Mentor, 2011