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Youth mentoring is one of our greatest focuses as a mentoring network.
Youth mentoring is the process of matching mentors with young people who need or want a caring, responsible adult in their lives. Adult mentors are usually unrelated to the child or teen and work as volunteers through a community, school, or church-based social service program.
The Urban Child Institute reports that 39% of all children in Shelby County are growing up in poverty and 45% of those same children who lived half their life in poverty were bound to be poor by the age 35. Mentoring offers a chance to break this insularity and begin a mutually enriching relationship that can help reshape the future by helping our youth develop qualities of confidence, resilience, and other positive attitudes for personal growth.
Examples of youth-based programs include, but are not limited to:
- Breakfast/ lunch meetings with mentees
- After school exercise programs
- Foreign language enrichment programs
- Tutoring programs
- Child anger management programs
- ESL Mentoring programs and others