What to Expect While Mentoring:
As a mentor, you will work with your mentee in small groups in a series of classes that teach youth new skills, let them try new experiences, community service projects, and help them prepare for the future. You will then work with them one on one and begin your mentoring journey by being in contact with them weekly, and seeing them monthly for a minimum of a year.
- Attend monthly (3-4) youth financial classes to get to know youth (normally held on Saturdays).
- Once matched commit a minimum of a one-year to YES mentee
- Connect in-person monthly with YES Mentee
- Communicate weekly with YES Mentee
Building a Relationship:
Building relationships can be hard, this is why we ask you to be consistent weekly and monthly with contact and visits. This will help you build a trusting relationship.
You should be prepared to visit your mentee at home (or in placement) and work toward feeling comfortable going out in the community. Each relationship is different, so understanding that your experience will be unique and that you have the support of the YES Mentoring Program team to help you feel comfortable and competent along the way. Most mentors report feeling a much stronger connection with their YES youth than they anticipated, and are grateful for the opportunity to remain in the lives of their YES youth!
Throughout the Year:
The YES Mentoring Team hosts events and additional classes throughout the year for the mentors and mentees to participate in.
Past examples include:
- Healthy Cooking on a Budget
- Filing Tax Returns
- Yoga and Mindfulness
- Arts and Crafts
- Service Projects
- Bat Boat
- Trail of Lights
Still have questions about what mentoring looks like? Email firstname.lastname@example.org