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Become A Mentor

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About Our Youth Mentoring Programs

Why become a mentor?

Many successful people credit one or more mentors who made a big difference in helping them succeed. We have all heard stories about people whose lives have changed by having a relationship with a caring adult. Oprah Winfrey was mentored by her fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Duncan, who helped her not be afraid of being smart and encouraged her to read; beginning at the age of 14, Dr. Martin Luther King was nurtured and supported by Dr. Benjamin Mays, a distinguished African American minister, and scholar. 

A mentor is someone who has a genuine interest in helping another person improve specific skills and develop as a person. The supportive, healthy relationships formed between mentors and mentees are both immediate and long – term and contribute to a host of benefits for mentors and mentees. It gives you a wonderful feeling knowing you have helped someone grow as an individual and made a difference in their life

Why mentor with Hope for Tomorrow?

Hope for Tomorrow mentors young teens during a challenging time in their lives when they are struggling to discover who they are and how they fit in the world. It is an established mentoring program partnered with school districts. Mentees are identified by school staff as those who, with the support of another caring adult, have great potential to thrive academically and personally. The success of the program has been documented over and over by our past mentees who have shared what Hope for Tomorrow has meant to them.

If you have an interest in creating a healthy, supportive relationship with a teen, feel you can listen to them, help them problem solve, and guide them, please contact Hope for Tomorrow for more information regarding our program.

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Profile of a Hope for Tomorrow Mentor

A Hope for Tomorrow Mentor should possess the following qualities:

  • A desire to be a part of another person’s life and an interest in helping others succeed
  • Respect for individuals’ beliefs, abilities, and points of view
  • A positive attitude
  • A unique balance of optimism and realism
  • The ability to actively listen and re - state or paraphrase what they hear while minimizing their own personal assumptions and prejudices
  • The ability to impart their knowledge, insights and expertise clearly, encouragingly and helpfully

Impact of Mentoring

Sometimes the impact of mentoring isn’t apparent even after spending a whole year with a mentee.  Often, mentors won’t hear about the impact of the program on a mentee until end-of-the-year evaluations or even until their mentee has graduated high school.  Even if a mentor doesn’t see an immediate impact, the long-reaching effects of the program have become apparent over time through evaluations, our alumni groups, and gatherings at the annual A Night for Hope.

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