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Review for Mentor Me Petaluma, Petaluma, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This mentoring program began at the elementary school where my kids went to school, and one of the teachers asked me to come back one hour a week to mentor a 2nd grade boy. They have a mentor center set up with games, toys, books, sports equipment, art supplies, a cooking area and a place to just hang out and talk. We do puzzles, play with building blocks and cook. We sometimes talk but not always. We also play chess and cards. The mentor center coordinator is there is help when I need her. My mentee's teacher is always available to talk, too.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being friends with a young person.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Great! Dedicated and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Open mentor centers in all schools in town, plus a downtown community mentor center. Every young person could have a mentor!

Ways to make it better...

We didn't have to share the mentor center with other activities on campus, like music and science classes.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finding enough volunteer mentors and having enough funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

One-to-one relationships are very powerful. They are simple yet profound.

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Role:  Volunteer & mentored a young person.