The Mentoring Network Inc.

Rating: 4.97 stars   39 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services

Location: P.O. Box 9412 Nampa ID 83652 USA

Mission: The Mission of The Mentoring Network, Inc. is to provide school-based, direct-to-youth mentoring that will improve life outcomes for vulnerable and disengaged children by developing resilience skills, supporting the development of personal strengths, and increasing self-sufficiency.
Results: 77% of the kids who are being actively mentored show improvement in behavior. 85% become more caring. 86% grow in friendship building skills. 73% of our actively mentored kids improve their grades. Each of these helps create a better future for both the child and the world. “Mentoring has shown me that younger kids look up to adults for guidance. This program has made me realize that if we don't show the younger generation what it means to work than they won't have all the skills that we had to learn when we were young. I also have learned that for some kids, life and school are harder for them than others, and by being a mentor I can show that child that someone cares enough to help them through the tough times.” –Mentor—2 years in the program
Target demographics: The MN works with rural, school referred, at-risk students, grades 1-8 and continuing through high school with MN students that choose to.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 154+ youth first grade through high school
Geographic areas served: The MN currently serves five school districts in Idaho: Nampa, Caldwell, Parma, Homedale, and Vallivue.
Programs: Since 1999, The Mentoring Network, Inc. has offered school-based mentoring to rural, school referred, at-risk students, grades 1-8 and continuing through high school with MN students that choose to. The MN currently serves five school districts; Nampa, Caldwell, Parma, Homedale, and Vallivue.
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Rating: 5 stars  

This year I had the oppertunity to get involved with the Mentoring Network. I first meet my Friend Johnathon Z with and event called shop with a cop. Later I learned that I would be mentoring Johnathon. Jonathon come from a low income household. Each week I met him at his school to play and talk. I coul;d count on a big smile when I showed up and from there it was non stop talking, sharing stories and playing games. The Mentoring Network has made amazing oppertunies to spend with theses kids that may have little or no role models in their life. I am dedicated to the program and the amazing effort the Mentoring Network puuts in to change the lives of or kids.
Captain Frank Wyant
Caldwell Police Department

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

Love to see more people find out about the Mentoring Network to get involved.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a teacher of the year at our school. I have had students' lives changed for the better from chaos to being given a reason to be at school. I also retired a few years back and have taken up mentoring. I have two students I visit with weekly and not only have I seen great kids turn better but I look forward as they do to my weekly meetings. We talk, play games, throw frisby, and eat lunch together. I look forward to a new school year and checking back in with my kids.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the privilege of working with the Mentoring Network for more than a decade, and I am so thankful for their impact on my life and the lives of so many of our Community's children. Working with this organization has had dramatic positive impact on graduation rates, truancy rates, crime rates, as well as connected many wonderful youth with caring, kind adults!! We have been so impressed with the positive results of this program, that we now allow our employees to mentor on company time so that they share their time and talents with the children of Caldwell.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with the Mentoring Network for nearly six years and it has been a very positive experience for me. Every week I would look forward to my hour with my student. It has been such a joy to watch the personal growth that each of my girls attained! My first girl just needed a boost to her self-esteem and some encouragement. She has moved out of the area and drops by occasionally. Such a beautiful young lady. My second girl has also moved, to Boise so I can no longer work with her. She had a lot of issues with lack of respect for others and by the end of school last year had made an improvement in how she treated others. We worked really hard on ways to show respect. I really miss having her in my life...but look forward to mentoring another child. It has been one of the most gratifying experiences in my life to watch these youngsters grow.

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

None that I can think of.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been mentoring 2 kids for 5 years. One is is in 5th grade and the other is in high school. I'm amazed just meeting with them for just 1 hour a week, how much I have seen them grow and and develop. I am more amazed on how they have taught me about what they go through everyday. I look forward to my time with them every week.

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

Not a thing.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have had the pleasure to be involved as a mentor with The Mentoring Network for the past 8 years. I am having a great time with my current mentee; she is an outstanding young person. It is not difficult, but does require a commitment of an hr. a week plus some other occasional get-togethers. The most important thing that I do is be a friend to my young lady, but I also encourage excellent school attendance. We talk about life, classes at school, siblings, pets, cooking and goals for her future. Because of my age, I can give her lots of free advice and she listens to me. I think she is fun and keeps me young. Additionally, I support her mother and all that she does for her family and try to help my mentee see how hard she works for her family. This young lady is an excellent role mode to her five younger siblings.
I love the activities the Network provides for the kids and the enthusiasm & professional attitudes the leaders provides for the program. Honestly, I have a great time and would encourage others to get involved.

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Magically provide many more adults to be part of this great nonprofit. We need more adults to give an hour a week. It does not matter if you travel, you can work around your travel schedules. What great, positive, enthusiastic people the group has as leaders and workers; they are an inspiration to us all, young and old. Three cheers for The Mentoring Network!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer with the Mentoring Network Inc for over 7 yrs. I love it. The professionalism of those involved is excellent and the dedication to the kids is great to see. They are perfect examples of selfless service to the kids at need in the comminity. I love the fact that this program is one that is through the schools in the area and that is the meeting place for the Mentor and Mentee. This is an excellect program.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with The Mentoring Network for almost three years. I volunteered to be on their board when I realized what a significant impact that they had on the lives of children, and did so with such a minimal budget. They touch the lives of so many, with so little. I am proud to be associated with them and cannot think of a more deserving non-profit.

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None

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer with The Mentoring Network for over seven years. What a great group of people to be associated with here in SW Idaho! I have now worked with two different students at the elementary school. The support the Mentoring Network offers mentors is excellent and the whole scope of the project is admirable. As school budgets continue to be cut (and proposed tax levies fail), the role of volunteers - especially well-trained & supported ones from the Mentoring Network - is invaluable in the schools. One hour, once a week really does change lives! www.MentoringNetworkID.org

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

...expand to more small rural communities in SW Idaho.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I must start by saying that we are all mentors be it good or bad people look at you and see what you are doing. This program helps me as much as my Kid. I have had my boy for 3 years now. I have been his shoulder when he needed it but more then that I have been able to watch him grow to a man and see the way can problem solve. What a young man he is he has gone from a problem child in school to a student that others look to and teachers like to have in the class. Yes it is for the kids but when you open your heart to them it is for you too. What a program everyone needs to be part of it. I thank Donna and staff for all that they do the kids is worth it. Thanks Lennie

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

Get more people in the program

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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