Growing the mentoring relationship

The “Stand By Me” Mentoring Program is off to a busy start as we begin the 2013-14 school year. New supplies have been purchased for each of the eight Mentor Centers providing stimulating games and projects for mentors and mentees.

Enrichment activities are underway, as a group of adventurers participated in the Ropes Course where they challenged their minds and bodies, built trust and provided support for each other. Many of the mentees are thinking about training to become Ropes Course leaders when they turn 15.

Other pairs are building their relationship playing mini-golf and attending art and culinary classes. On Nov. 1, more than 30 pairs traveled to Coast Guard Island, Alameda to learn about the role the Coast Guard plays in protecting our shores.

The calendar is filled with activities designed to grow the mentoring relationship, expose children to new experiences and spark an interest that leads to higher education and job opportunities. These events help mentees learn about time management, commitment, community service, relationship-building skills and career exploration.

Research shows that it is the “length and strength” of a mentoring relationship that leads to the greatest positive outcomes for the youth we serve.

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