Mentoring Works is dedicated to helping youth by providing children, ages 7 to 17, a one-to-one relationship with a well screened and trained volunteer. We support 35 mentor/protégé matches in a typical year. We currently have 20 youth on a waiting list hoping for a mentor.
Mentoring has proven to be the most effective and least expensive intervention for vulnerable youth. Research shows that youth involved in mentoring activities were significantly more likely to develop attitudes and habits that help ensure success. Compared to youth without mentors, the children with mentors:
- Were 46% less likely to begin drug use
- Were 27% less likely to begin alcohol use
- Had 59% improvement in grades at school
- Improved their ability to stay out of trouble
- Credited mentors with improving their ability to avoid drugs
(Sources: “Mentoring: Lessons Learned” (pdf), The Commonwelath Fund, Louis Harris and Associates, Ink., 1994: “Making A Difference: An Impact Study of Big Brothers/Big Sisters” (pdf), Public Private Ventures, 1995)
Funding is provided by donations and grants from individuals, businesses, community groups, foundations. Examples are the Sonora Area Foundation, the State of California, the Black Hat Foundation and United Way California Capital Region.
Mentoring Works host three fundraisers each year to support program operations.
Here’s the list of what is coming up:
- The Taste for Mentoring Dessert Contact and Antique Auto Show Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elk Lodge in Sonora Entrance is $20 per person — sample desserts from our finest restaurants
Mentoring Works accepts protégés as young as seven years old and as mature as seventeen. Call Elena at 533-1397 x229 if you know a young person who could benefit from a mentor.
Mentor are needed — if you know of any good mentor-type adults out there, give them a nudge in Elena’s direction as well. Requirements for aspiring mentors: you must be 18 years old or older, willing to give 2-4 hours a week for at least a year, clear a background check including fingerprint check with the Department of Justice and the FBI, submit a copy of your driving record and a copy of your California Driver License (sorry, out-of-staters!), auto insurance, clear a Megan’s Law check as well as a call to three of your references. There is an application to complete and a day long training to attend.
Mentoring Works Coordinator
(209) 533-1397 ext. 274