"All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them."
Earvin "Magic" Johnson
- Who are the mentors in the program?
- Our mentors come from diverse backgrounds just like the children/youth. They are regular people, just like you. You don’t need any special degrees or job skills. You just have to want to
positively impact the life of a young person!
- What is the time commitment for being a mentor?
- In order to create a sustainable relationship with a child, you must commit to at least one year meeting for approximately four hours a month (totaling 48 hours for the year). In Community-Based
we ask that you meet at least twice a month for a total of four hours.
- For Clinton Schools Youth Mentoring Program we ask that you commit to mentoring in our program for 1 school year. We ask that you meet 1x a week, or every other week (Time committment can be
worked out with a staff member).
- When can I see my child?
- You decide together what you want to do and then communicate with the child's parent to get approval. We recommend that you keep a consistent schedule of outings and get together on a regular
basis. Until your relationship is established the outings will also depend on the comfort level of the child's parents, the child and you.
- Clinton Schools Youth Mentoring Program is strictly a school-based mentoring program. Mentors will not be taking their mentee on outings outsie of the program.
- How much money should I spend?
- The quality of time invested with the child/youth is more important than the amount of money you spend. That’s why we don’t encourage spending a lot of money on your outings. The goal of the
relationship is to help them see the world through a different lens so you can inspire them to become something they never thought possible. If you are going to spend money, we encourage you to seek
out low-cost activities, especially in the beginning. Shoot hoops at a local park, play a game together, or share that pizza that you were going to have for lunch anyway. If you need suggestions on
places to attend, please ask staff members or other mentors in our program.
- Can I bring my spouse, friend, or family member on outings?
- In the beginning it’s important for you and the child to get to know each other. This can happen best on a one-to-one basis. However, over time it’s also valuable for the child to get to know the
people who are important to you. Just keep in mind that if you’re spending lots of time with others, the child may begin to feel jealous or neglected. The main focus is the friendship you develop
with the child and the impact you have on their life.
- What are some ideas for outings?
- Share an activity that gives you something in common to talk about. Buy a comic book to read together. Play a board game. Hit a bucket of golf balls at the local driving range. Take a ride in the
car with the radio on and talk about the music you like. You want to select activities that give each of you a chance to learn more about one another. For children, playing can be learning. Most
important: keep it simple and enjoy yourselves! Include the child in the activity picking process, as this helps them feel involved and like their opinion matters.
- Will I become a replacement parent?
- NO! The children in our program already have a parent or guardian in their life. What they need is a mentor to spend quality, one-on-one time with them. Someone to have fun with, someone they can
confide in, someone like you!