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Mentoring Partnership

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Available to all school children

Being part of a mentoring program can make an important difference in a child's life. Research shows that young people involved in mentoring programs increase their chances of high school graduation and college attendance, and decrease likelihood of substance abuse and other risky behaviors. Think back to your own life, chances are there was a caring adult role model that helped to shape your future. Can you imagine your life without those role models? That is why mentoring is so important.

The Mentoring Partnership strives to assist youth as they navigate their way through the many life challenges and choices presented to them, and to offer a sense of empowerment with each success they achieve.

All children have the potential to succeed in life and contribute to society. However, not all children get the support they need to thrive. Consider the many benefits mentoring offers, including:

  • Improving self-esteem
  • Keeping young people in school
  • Helping improve academic skills
  • Leading young people to resources they might not find on their own
  • Providing support for new behaviors, attitudes and ambitions
  • Increasing young people's ability to seek and keep jobs
  • Enhancing parenting skills

What skills do I need to be a mentor?

Mentors go by many names and they all have one thing in common—they care. If you have a sincere interest in the success of our youth and a caring attitude, you are perfect! Our mentoring program will provide you with the support and knowledge you need to have a successful relationship with your mentee.

Mentoring doesn't just affect the young person. Mentoring is a shared opportunity for learning and growth. Many mentors say that the rewards they gain are as substantial as those for their mentees. Being a mentor enables you to:

  • Have fun
  • Achieve personal growth, learn more about yourself
  • Improve your self-esteem and know you are making a difference
  • Gain a better understanding of other cultures and a greater appreciation for diversity
  • Feel more productive and have a better attitude at work
  • Enhance your relationships with your own children

What You Need to Know

  • Both Mentors and Mentees complete an application.
  • Mentors commit to meet with mentees at least once a month for a minimum of 6 months.
  • Mentors are carefully screened through CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) and SORI (Sex Offender) background checks.
  • Matches are carefully selected and reviewed with the active involvement of families, youth, the mentor, and the WCC Youth Outreach Director.
  • Resource assistance is available to families and mentors.

To participate in this free program, please complete the Youth Registration Form.

To apply to be a mentee, please complete the Mentee Application.

To apply to be a mentor, please complete the Mentor Application.

For more information, please contact Monique Boucher at 508.234.8184 x121 or

"It really does take a village to raise a child, according to Denise M. Forgit of Northbridge, an Uxbridge insurance agency owner, certified teacher and a volunteer mentor in the Northbridge Mentoring Partnership. Every Saturday for the past seven years, Ms. Forgit has included Shannon Bernard, now 13 years old, in her family’s activities, whether it was going to a movie or a museum, fishing, seeing Santa Claus, or just getting ice cream at Friendly’s. Marlene Bernard, Shannon’s grandmother, said, “It helped to have somebody else (for Shannon) to talk to. It opened her up. The girls didn’t have a mother to do things with; and I’m older and couldn’t do things that Denise can.' 'I think I’m getting more out of it than I’m actually giving,' Ms. Forgit said. "
~ Excerpt from an article written by Susan Spencer ~

 
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programs are all affiliates of the Whitin Community Center.
  Monique Boucher, Director of Outreach
508.234.8184 x 121

Fax:508.234.0625

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