We are bridging the gap between stable moms and those that are on a healing path from some or all of the following:
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Broken relationships (marriage, boyfriend, kids, parents, siblings)
- Reuniting with children after addiction
- Poor upbringing, abuse and/or neglect, low self-esteem
- Minimal education and work experience
- Establish a connection that the women wouldn’t have otherwise.
How do we break the cycles?
We assist women in planning and executing goals in three areas:
Who are the mentors?
Mentors are volunteers from the community; they are professional adults (over 18 years of age) from a variety of different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. They submit an extensive application, go through the interview and screening process (includes background check), participate in a one-day orientation, and attend trainings throughout their participation in the program. Mentors have a variety of motivations for getting involved with the program, but all have the desire to be a positive role model to a Mentee.
How do you match mentors and mentees?
Program staff aim to make meaningful matches that last for six months to one year or longer by carefully matching mentors and mentees based on shared interests, personality, mentor skill sets, and other factors that are important to the mentee and their families. When a potential match is identified, the program shares non-identifiable information on the mentor and mentee to all parties, and if all parties agree, a meeting is set up between the mentor, mentee, and program staff. A match can be reconsidered after the first six weeks. Unfortunately, sometimes the program will not be able to match everyone who applies, and most of the time this will be because there are no appropriate matches at the time, and not because a participant is unsuitable for the program. In cases where an applicant/participant is deemed no longer suitable for the program, they will be notified in person and in writing.
When will mentees meet with their mentors? What kinds of activities will they do together?
Meetings will be at a day and time convenient to the mentee and the mentor. There is no scheduled location or activity for the meetings, but mentors and mentees are asked to spend time together weekly, whether in person, by phone, e-mail, texting, etc. Activities will be chosen based on the mentee’s interests and needs and may range from going to a museum, taking walks, watching a movie, executing a goal, or attending a training, to name a few.
Who will pay for the activities?
The program recommends that mentors and mentees find free or low-cost activities or ways to spend time together. If there is a cost for a chosen activity, the mentor is expected to cover it for the mentee.
Will the program host any activities for mentors and mentees?
Mentor Moms will host quarterly outings for mentors, mentees and family. This is a great way to stay connected to the program and get some good photos!
How do I apply to become a mentor?
Please fill out this online application form.