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Mentoring can be one of the most satisfying and rewarding experiences you'll ever have. You may be uncertain about what mentoring involves or whether you have the background and experience to succeed at mentoring. Many people considering mentoring often have these concerns and wonder what it's all about.
Mentoring is the one-to-one or group relationship that one or more adults develop with one or more young people to help them develop and succeed. Mentoring is most effective when it’s a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement.
The word "mentor" comes from the Greek word for "steadfast" and "enduring." Mentors are caring adults who are committed, responsible, and good listeners. You don't need any special skills, just a sincere interest in the success of our youth and a caring attitude. There are many different types of programs to suit everyone's needs and busy schedules. Mass Mentoring Partnership has more than 200 organizations in our network, and we can help you find the perfect match!
Here are some common mentoring classifications:
Simply put, because you can make a difference in a child's life, as well as your own. Consider the many benefits that mentoring offers: Improving self-esteem, keeping young people in school, improving academic skills, leading young people to resources they might not find on their own, providing support, increasing youth's ability to seek and keep jobs, and enhancing parenting skills.
Each mentoring program is different and you should check with the programs you’re interested in. For reference, in most community-based programs, mentors are asked to spend a minimum of four hours with their mentee each month for the duration of one year. In a school-based program, mentors and mentees meet on site for an hour each week during a school calendar year (typically nine months).
It depends on the program, but most programs require mentors to be at least 21-years-old and able to commit to at least a year. Almost all programs require some sort of background check.
Don't worry! We're here to help. We can help you find a program, or you can search our directory for a program near you. Once you find a mentoring program that fits your needs, the program will provide all the support and knowledge you need to have a successful relationship with your mentee. If you have questions, feel free to call MMP at 1.866.MASS.MENTOR (1.866.627.7636) or e-mail us.