Who are the mentors?
Mentoring Moms mentors are caring women, over the age of 21, who understand how hard it is to raise children and want to make life a bit easier for another mom coming out of difficult situations.
What do mentors do? How can they help?
After completing the application process and training, mentors are matched with mothers referred through community agencies. Mentors commit to weekly contacts with their mentee for a one year period at mutually agreeable times. Whether it is chatting on the phone about an issue, meeting for coffee to discuss a challenge or accompanying the mom to a community agency, mentors provide support by being a presence in the mom’s life. Mentors also check in weekly by filling out an update form to let the leadership team know of any needs, concerns, or to simply celebrate milestones!
Once matched, mentors help the moms establish short term life goals that she wants to work on. In addition, mentors and moms are invited to a variety of workshops, support programs and activities that supplement the mentoring relationship.
What skills or training is needed to become a mentor?
All mentors are provided a comprehensive introductory training which is offered quarterly. Monthly trainings with county specialists are then held every month excluding the introductory trainings. Standard background checks are required. Mentors receive ongoing support from the Mentoring Moms staff and other volunteers.
We ask mentors to be open to sharing their time and knowledge with another mom. Most importantly we ask mentors to be good listeners.
One hour a week…is all it takes.Become a Mentor Mom today!