I have been involved with The Mentoring Network for less than a year, but am already completely convinced of its importance to our community! I am loving being a mentor, and only wish that I could mentor more kids! In a few short months it is very apparent that an hour a week can indeed make a big difference in the life of a child.
This organization seems to be very well run, with such beautiful heart for its mission. I plan to become even more involved, ready to be of use in whatever way makes sense.
I have worked with The Mentoring Network for over 5 years. I have enjoyed every minute of being a mentor. Each student has a need for a little special something in their life and I am more than happy to give that to them. It's only an hour a week, but it means so much more to the both of us. My current mentee and I have lunch each week and pay card games and talk and talk ... and then laugh and laugh. I enjoy our time together and I know she does too.
I can't say enough good things about Donna Shines. She is a fabulous lady, one I have worked with through both The Mentoring Network and the Treasure Valley Kiwanis Club. Her organization is one to whom we donate funds from our annual golf scramble and each year, we are pleased that we are able to help out such a fine organization.
I am very pleased that I joined The Mentoring Network and that I have the hour each week to help out a very special young lady. It does both of us a lot of good!
I have been involved with the mentoring network since the early 2000's. This program has made such a big difference in so many individual lives. Thank you to every Mentor out in our community that spends their time with this program.
I have been working with the Mentoring Network for over 10 years as an attorney advisor and can't say enough great things about this organization. I hear nothing but great, heart-melting stories about the connections made between mentors and mentees. The passion of the board and its executive director, Donna Shines, shows in everything they do.
This network has done wonders for the community it works in. All about building relationships and bringing back the communication lost by technology. I myself have been a menti for this network since I was in thrid grade, now graduated. Its has had a huge impact on my life and the way I move forward.
I was very sick and in the Hospital for 8 weeks. A person does a lot of thinking when you have nothing but time to heal. My best friend Michele took me to a meeting and told me I needed to do this Mentoring thing, I went and listened. I am a shy person when it comes to these kinds of things. I went home talked to my Husband and I slept on it and for some reason. So I called Donna and 14 yrs. later I'm still here trying to Help the Kids . I do not have any of my own kids so I wasn't sure on how I could help . I am going on how I was raised. The old fashion way. I will keep mentoring as long as I am able to. Please help the kids who need this program .
I have gained so much more from my association with The Mentoring Network and my dear little mentee than I could ever had expected or believed. The joy with which she greets me each week is delightful. We talk about so many things. It makes my life so fulfilled. You should try it!
The Mentoring Network first came to my attention approximately 16 years ago when I was teaching 3rd grade. There was a young man in my classroom who was in need of a strong male role model. The Mentoring Network paired him up with Ray Bennett, a mentor who stood by this young man into adulthood. I truly believe that the connection with a loving adult who truly cared has helped this young man to become a productive citizen. Ray has passed on now, but I know that the impact he had was lasting as I am still in contact with this young man.
This is just one of many stories I could share about the impact of mentors for the students in my classes and my school. For the past five years, I have been the administrator of the at the same school where I taught. Donna Shines and The Mentoring Network are the first place I turn when I see a student who just needs a positive adult role model in their lives.
I have worked with Donna Shines and the Mentoring Network for approximately 15 years. I first became acquainted with this fantastic program as a classroom teacher and, as an administrator, I recognize the valuable service this organization provides for my students. It started with a young man in my classroom who needed a positive male role model in his life. His mentor stayed with him through high school and into the armed services. I am still in regular contact with this young man, and he attributes much of his success to his mentor, Ray. Throughout my career in education, I've witnessed the powerful transformation of many students who have been able to form bonds with mentoring adults. One student who has bounced from foster home to foster home struggled to form relationships. It took his mentor well over a year to convince him she was not going anywhere and no one was paying her to visit him. Having someone that shows up every week just for him, has given him confidence and strength to handle all the difficult situations that are beyond his control. I could share several stories about this wonderful organization that matches at-risk students with caring adults to form life-long friendships which can be the cornerstone of healthy productive lives. I encourage everyone to join with The Mentoring Network in any capacity whether it be financial support or volunteering time. Together we can make a difference in the lives of children.
I spent 41 years in the nonprofit world, the last 32 as the CEO for two YMCA's. I have known Donna Shines for 40 years. Over those years I have seen and worked with many nonprofits and lots of leaders of nonprofits. The Mentoring Network and Donna Shines are the best of the best. The Mentoring Network has managed to avoid the bureaucracy that seems to creep into many organizations as they grow. This allows all of the energy to go into connecting adult role model with kids who need another caring adult in their lives. I currently work at the College of Idaho and have several student volunteering with the Mentoring Network. While this is clearly great for the children they mentor, it is equally good for these college students. They love their kids and share great stories with me. They also know and love Donna. Often CEO's are far removed from the action. Not Donna; she finds time to get to know and mentor each one of her volunteers too. She also does so much great work in the community and is a sought after speaker and an important and value adding member of any team working to improve the community for all. Donna is as beloved a leader as anyone I know. She has people she worked with 4 decades ago that she has stayed in touch with and who would call her their best life coach ever.
The Mentoring Network does very important work and they do it as well and efficiently as any organization I know. Donna is a community treasure.
I have been matched with a young mentee through The Mentoring Network (TMN) for the past 2+ years here in Canyon Co. Idaho. I cannot say enough positive about the great work TMN is doing in our communities. I constantly recommend involvement with TMN to others I come in contact with who want to make an impact in young lives. The experience is also absolutely positive and powerful in the lives of everyone involved with TMN. An incredible organization doing powerfully positive work.
All my very best!
I am a newbie to this wonderful program since joining for the first time this fall. Having been a classroom teacher for 33 + years I appreciate very much the value of such a program Many of our children are products of dysfunctional families and have no stable caring adult in their life . Presently I am a mentor for a 4th grade boy who has experienced a number of losses in his young life. He was depressed and below grade level. An elderly couple mentored him last year and because of their love and care little Johnny made substantial progress. Due to circumstances beyond their control they had to move out of state. I took their place. Little Johnny is up to grade level and is a delightful young man. He communicates well with me and in the 5-6 times we have had together I find him quite creative with a good imagination. He looks forward to our times together and is disappointed when the school schedule interferes with that time. I look forward to each Thurs. afternoon and come away feeling that that hour was well spent.
I have been a mentor for just under a year. However, I have worked with Donna as a school counselor for several years previous to that. I have nothing but positive things to say for this organization. I just wish we could get more mentors to meet the needs of so many students that could use them. As a counselor, I would sometimes hear parents or teachers say that students misbehaved because they were just trying to get attention. I would think they were probably right and so wish that there were someone who could answer their need for attention. As a counselor with all the responsibilities of a school with over 600 students, the mentoring just didn't happen. This organization sets up all the logistics to make the good things happen.
I have had the opportunity to be a volunteer with The Mentoring Network over the past several years and have seen the amazing work that is being done through this program. The mentors and mentees have such an amazing bond and it is obvious that each one plays an important role in the other ones life.
I have been with the Mentoring Network for 12 years now. I have had the pleasure of mentoring 3 young men. I have enjoyed seeing them grow. It's fun to listen to them and learn to trust you so they can share their experiences, hopes, fears, and the future. I have also experienced several summer camps over the years. One of the most rewarding experience was on a challenge course. Seeing the fear they are experiencing , but then watching as they overcome this fear and complete the course.
Also , the leadership at the Mentoring Network is extremely dedicated to the mission of the Network.
I have been a mentor for almost 2 years now, I have a young girl who was very angry and distant. I am so thrilled to see how she has come so far. I went to see her last week and it was wonderful to see her surrounded by friends and laughing and smiling. I know she can have a very bright path with the right choices and I want to help her understand this. Thanks you Donna for this amazing connection.
I have been a mentor for the Mentoring Network for the past 4 years. The leadership at the Mentoring Network is dedicated to improving the lives of the at-risk children in our communities. As I have shown up each week to bring encouragement and love to my kids that I mentor, I have personally seen the changes in their lives. I am very thankful for the opportunity to mentor that is provided by the Mentoring Network.
I have worked closely with the Mentoring Network and Donna Shines. I cannot speak highly enough of the amazing work that is taking place within our community. It is because of people taking time to mentor that we will begin to see less kids drop-out of school, participate in illegal activities. The kids will know their self-worth and understand they are loved beyond measure. So happy to have the Mentoring Network in our community!
The Mentoring Network Inc has provided a great amount of positive experiences and transformations in our school district's students. As an employee of the school district I have been able to witness social and academic growth through this mentoring program. I was so deeply affected by the amazing work The Mentoring Network Inc does that I became a mentor myself. I would highly recommend becoming a mentor with The Mentoring Network Inc to experience the power of mentoring in our students' lives!
The Mentoring Network is the epitome of goodness in Idaho! Bringing caring adults to children in need to give them an opportunity for a positive connection with an adult is something that every child needs. Donna Shines, the MN Board Members and all Volunteers do great things for Idaho!