IMPACT THE YOUTH MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Purpose: To impact the youth in our community and help build self-confidence, provide resources and support to help them to maximize their full potential in life and in society in which we live in.

Program description: ITY is a program that will reinforce positivity to our youth through the form of mentoring early class high school students with positive college students as role models. The college students (life models) will be influential supporters and provide guidance, encouragement, and life skills which in turn will help develop self-esteem and self-confidence in future youth in our community. The meetings with will be held on campus in order to will demonstrate a more positive aspect of college life. ITY is designed to not only impact the high school students, but it will also impact the lives of the life models, who will be accountable for the guidance and support of their mentee’s. Impact the Youth will provide the youth with the opportunity to make a difference in each other lives either through mentoring or being a mentee.

Recruitment

Mentors:

  • College students (life models)
  • Faculty on campus
  • Referred career professionals

Mentee:

  • Freshmen high school students
  • Sophomore high school students
  • Upper classmen referred by high school counselor or advisor

Time commitment

Mentors:

  • 3 semester or one calendar year minimum commitment for the relationship
  • Participate in face – face meetings with mentee that average one time per week and one hour per meeting over the course of a calendar year or 3 semester period

Mentee:

  • Parent(s)/ guardian(s) and mentee agree to a one year or 3 semester minimum commitment for the mentoring relationship

  • Parent(s)/ guardian(s) and mentee agree that the mentee will participate in face to face meetings with their mentor a minimum of one time per week, on average, for a minimum of one hour per meeting, on average

Requirements/ Qualifications

Mentor:

  • Screen prospective mentors to determine whether they have the time, commitment and personal qualities to be an effective mentor.

  • A reference check (personal and/or professional) on mentor

  • A comprehensive criminal background check on adult mentor

  • Searching a national criminal records database along with sex offender and child abuse registries

  • Complete a application and provide all necessary information

Mentee:

  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) complete an application and provide informed consent for their child to participate.

Screening

Mentor:

  • Complete application

  • Conducts a reference check

  • Conducts a comprehensive criminal background check on adult mentor, including searching a national criminal records database along with sex offender and child abuse registries.

Mentee:

  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) complete an application and provide informed consent for their child to participate.

Training

Program addresses the following developmental topics in the training:

  • a. Youth development process;

  • b. Cultural, gender and economic issues; and

  • c. Opportunities and challenges associated with mentoring specific populations of children

  • Program uses training to continue to screen mentors for suitability and develops techniques for early trouble-shooting should problems be identified.

Mentor:

  • A minimum 2 hour of pre-match, in person training

  • Program rules and regulations

  • Mentors’ goals and expectations for the mentor/mentee relationship

  • Obligations and appropriate roles

  • Development and maintenance of the relationship between mentor/mentee

  • Ethics of the program

  • Effective closure of the relationship

  • Sources of assistance and support for mentors

Mentee:

  • Program guidelines

  • Mentors’ obligations and appropriate roles

  • Mentee’s obligations and appropriate roles

  • Parent/guardian involvement guidelines

Matching

  • Program considers its aims, as well as the characteristics of the mentor and mentee (e.g., interests,proximity, availability, age, gender, race, ethnicity, personality and expressed preferences of mentor and mentee) when making matches.

  • Program arranges and documents an initial meeting between the mentor and mentee.

  • Program staff member should be on site and/or present during the initial meeting of the mentor and mentee.

  • It has been suggested that matching based on qualities such as the mentor’s skills and common interests with the youth should take precedence over matching based on race.

  • Matches that are monitored and supported are more satisfying and successful, which, in turn, leads to more positive youth outcomes

Monitoring and Support

Monitor mentoring relationship milestones and support mentors with ongoing advice, problem-solving

support and training opportunities for the duration of the relationship.

  • Program contacts the mentor and mentee at a minimum frequency of twice per month for the first month of the match and monthly thereafter.

  • Program documents information about each mentor-mentee contact, including, at minimum, date,

length and nature of contact.

  • Program provides mentors with access to at least two types of resources (e.g., expert advice from

program staff or others; publications; Web-based resources; experienced mentors; available social

service referrals) to help mentors negotiate challenges in the mentoring relationships as they arise.

  • Program follows evidenced-based protocol to elicit more in-depth assessment from the mentor and

mentee about the relationship and uses scientifically-tested relationship assessment tools.

  • Program has quarterly contact with a key person in the mentee’s life (e.g., parent, guardian or

teacher) for the duration of the match.

  • Program hosts one or more group activities for mentors and their mentees, and/or offers

information about activities that mentors and mentees might wish to participate in together.

  • Program thanks mentors and recognizes their contributions at some point during each year of the

relationship, prior to match closure.

Closure

  • Program staff will provide to pre- and post-match training to prepare mentors and mentees for anticipating the end of the relationship, as well as for how to end the mentoring relationship in a positive way.

  • An exit interview will be conducted with the mentor and mentee which in turn can help the program determine whether there are any additional resources or supports that the program could provide that would allow the match to continue