MentorKids USA

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Religion

Location: 15333 N. Pima Rd. Suite 305 Scottsdale AZ 85260 USA

Mission: MentorKids USA is a Christian ministry that recruits, trains and supports mentors who empower youth facing tough life challenges to reach their God given portential and become transformative members of their families and communities in the name of Jesus Christ MentorKids USA partners with Christian churches to recruit and develop caring, responsible mentors who invest their lives into their "MatchKids". While crime rates have decreased somewhat over the last few years, detention and correctional facilities are operated over capacity. Add to this the cost of incarceration and/or treatment ($20,000-75,000) per youth per year, and it is easy to see the need for fresh alternatives. MentorKids USA believes that children most likely to end up in trouble are alienated--disconnected from positive adults in their lives. Family problems are at the core of the problem. What youth want and need most has not changed. An investment of time, love and attention is the most successful strategy to turn a cold heart from a life of problems to a heart full of hope with a bright future.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came to know MentorKids when I became a mentor about 3 years ago. I was blessed to be matched with an 11 year old boy and have seen God's hand at work in his life. The best way to describe the work that Mentorkids is doing is life changing. Every child is different, but having a caring, compassionate role model that is a source of stability and love in a life that may have little, is a wonderful thing. I'm grateful to be involved as a mentor and also thankful to help MentorKids grow and touch more lives as a board member. I would be remiss if I didn't mention how dedicated and selfless the management team is at MentorKids.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved with this great ministry from day one in 1997 when Chuck Colson introduced our first Executive Director, Bill Brittain. In the meantime I've served as a Mentor, Fund Raiser and Board Member. MentorKids provides a much needed backstop for kids otherwise ticketed for a life of crime. Where their parents' failures have paved the way for difficulty and/or a life in the system, MentorKids has reached now over 1500 of them with good Christian mentoring, character building and education/career follow-up. This is the best one on one Christian discipleship ministry that I am aware of. The Kids that come through the program are prepared to become the next generation of cultural leaders, fathers and husbands. They are impacting the City of Phoenix in marvelous ways!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As a volunteer mentor I was supported every step of the way by my Mentor Coordinator. The organization provided a great initial training session and my coordinator was always there when I needed help or encouragement. MentorKids provided me and my mentee with a number of free activities throughout the year.
MentorKids USA is a great organization and I encourage everyone who cares about children and is a follower of Christ to get involved.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping me be a more well-prepared mentor, having a positive impact in the life of a child.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see more activities geared for older mentees (high school age).

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