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The Mentoring Network Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Human Services, Youth Development

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.

Community Stories

88 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Claudia S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When i visit my mentee, the exchange of love and connection fills my soul and and my life

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Seven years ago, I met Donna Shines and heard about her Mentoring Network through my Kiwanis Club. I was quite impressed and became a mentor to a young lady in the school where I worked. When she moved up to the high school, she decided she didn't want a mentor so I was assigned another young lady. We have been together for 5 years now and really enjoy our time.

We get together each week for a "lunch date" where we talk and play cards and simply hang out together. I have been to some of her class presentations now that she's in high school and I send her post cards from the places I visit during summer vacation. I'm hoping that I am helping to make her life a bit more fun. At least she knows I'm here if she needs me.

I cannot recommend the Mentoring Network highly enough! What Donna and her crew have accomplished is amazing. I am trying to talk my friends and family (especially those who are retired) into giving an hour a week to such a worthy cause!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Nicole H.11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have loved being a mentor for this nonprofit! One hour a week makes a difference in these kid’s lives!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was mentored from my 3rd grade year to my 7th grade year by three amazing ladies who were very generous with their time and efforts to help me as a young kid get through a tough situation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been with the mentoring network since second grade I've had the same mentor all these years. I'm a junior in high school and I recently move but my mentor still comes and gets me on Wednesday and we go get coffee/water and talk. The mentoring network has been great for me. I am glad I have the mentor I do because when I need advice she has it, and if my family is going through a rough time she helps us through it. I see how many kids just like me have been helped by the mentoring network and it's amazing. Through the activities we all participate in I have met so many great people. Without this network that wouldn't have happened. When I graduate and get my life together I would very much like to be a mentor to a young kid just like me. I wanna make a difference in the world and this group has made a huge difference

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a mentor in the mentoring network and an employee of one of the school districts The Mentoring Network services, I am able to see first hand the impact these mentors have on our highest risked population of students. I am proud to support and be a part of such an amazing organization that truly puts kids first. The relationships that are formed create such a positive experience for these students and their families. Not only do these students find stability, confidence and love but their mentors find themselves gaining these same qualities! I am a proud supporter of these programs and will continue to advocate and recruit mentors to provide positive and loving experiences for our kiddos!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

dadams173

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a 8-10 year mentor. In my years I have mentored several kids. One of these kids has graduated from high school. One of my kids is in 6th grade. I met him in 1st grade. For the 5 years I've been working on friendship, responsibility, and etc. Last year he saw a fellow student crying and he asked if he could help. That is why I volunteer, to be a positive influence on our young people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a mentee with the mentoring network. This nonprofit organization has helped not only me but many other kids and students. They help us succeed in school, help us with any problems we have, and most of all, they encourage us to do our absolute best in everything from school work to jobs. They encourage us to find what makes us happy and they help us build on it. Not only are they helping but they are changing lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Frederick Douglass is credited with saying “It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.”
As a mentor with The Mentoring Network “building” is exactly how I see my role.
My once a week meetings with my mentee are opportunities to build hope, confidence, peace, focus. and optimism in his world.
Best of all we have a great time together!
I learn and grow, too!
Being a Mentor is a joy and The Mentoring Network is a wonderful organization.

Marie Bogetti B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand the difference this organization and the mentors make in the life of a child. The Mentoring Network truly makes an impact on each child that they work with creating great hope for the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I discovered the Mentoring Network through a teacher friend. I was recently retired and looking for an opportunity to volunteer. I met Donna, the administrator and was so impressed with her knowledge and enthusiastic spirit. I was in! Then I met my first mentee and we hit it off right away. I now have a second mentee as well and am happy to say we get along great too. Having the opportunity to have a positive impact on a child's life makes us both feel worthwhile and hopeful for what the future has in store. Also, I can't forget Gretta MN's admin. assistant. Her organization and communication skills keep MN running smoothly and effectively. She too cares so much about the mentees and it shows!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Where to start about the Mentoring Network? I had a teacher approach me while volunteering at and elementary school with the idea of being a mentor. Being newly retired I wasn't sure I wanted to take on the commitment. When my husband and I met Donna Shines (the administrator) we knew we wanted to be a part of this group of volunteers. Donna's enthusiasm, knowledge and caring about children is way over the moon. The emphasis of having someone to be constant in a child's life is so important to us and her. We have thoroughly enjoyed making a connection with the students we work with. My girl that I have worked with changed schools and moved to another town. When I reunited with her at her new school her first question was "how did you find me? I didn't think I would ever see you again." That's what tells me this program really does work. I am 68 years old and feel like I have made a friend for life with my girl (4th grade). Hopefully, I will get to follow her clear through high school.
Gretta (administrative assistant) ranks at the top of efficiency. She knows all the volunteers, best people to make contacts with and the students. She returns emails promptly which is so helpful. Everyone at the Mentoring Network deserves so much recognition for seeing the need for this type of program and their follow through. I could go on and on but I think you get the idea.

Joseph P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every community needs a network to leverage their greatest resource for the purpose of investing in those with the greatest need. The greatest resource is people committed to investing in children with the greatest needs—and that is exactly what The Mentoring Network Inc. does for the Treasure Valley. I've had the privilege of hearing children express gratitude to their mentors who've cultivated healthy, encouraging relationships for up to ten years, and it has inspired me to serve as well. I highly recommend supporting this effort. They have the track record, the respect of the community, and their work changes lives and communities for the better.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Mentoring Network has provided students at my school, who are at risk for non attendance, poor grades and ultimately dropping out, with adult mentors who visit the student weekly and follow them from grade to grade. The adult mentorship has been life changing for my students. They know that there is an adult who is there only for them. A mentor who will not just listen to them, but will also hold them accountable to goals that they set together. Someone who celebrates with them, advocates for them and ultimately helps them reach the potential that they all are capable of reaching.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I LOVE to be a part of the Mentoring Network! Donna Shines and Gretchen are terrific leaders and assist new mentors through the process thoroughly and thoughtfully.

It is a gift to be involved in the life of a young person in my community although I'm certain I receive much more than I give!

This is a TERRIFIC nonprofit who serves so well and so efficiently!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Jill H.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Kelli Rivera K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Tami V.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

medavidsdn

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!
Mike D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.
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Nelda

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Lawrence V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!
Toni Brinegar

Esther16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed working as a mentor and the experience has been Maude positive through the organization and help of Donna and Gretta

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's been a great pleasure volunteering as a mentor to a beautiful girl name DeAjah during school hours, I have learned a lot about teenagers and has become fond of her and that led to me working on a part time basis at the department of health and wealth farewell with troubled girls which I love doing and help the girls over come their difficulties in life and continue their schooling.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with the Mentoring Network six years ago in the fall of 2009 and continue to do so now. My first mentee was in third grade when we began meeting and he is now a sophomore high school. We continue to meet and discuss whatever he chooses --
mostly interactions at school and what's going on in our local area. In addition I met with
with a middle school girl for two years. Presently I also meet with a 4th grade boy . Each of
these children have shown me how important it is for them to have someone to share with and talk to ... a person who listens carefully to whatever they are trying to express, one who plays with them and helps them learn more about interacting fairly with classmates, etc. etc. The reward that I get from helping these children is watching them grow in so many positive ways. The Mentoring Network is truly a caring and compassionate organization that is making a difference in the life of the children it serves. And for the Mentors who help!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had numerous positive experiences with the Mentoring Network and its employees. They do an excellent job of training mentors, keeping mentors motivated, and communicating with the schools. Its is fun watching students flourish emotionally, academically, and socially because of the strong bond they share with a mentor. I look forward to continue working with the Mentoring Network in my school.

3 Michelle336

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering to make a difference in a child's life is an amazing experience. I've met a friend for life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Mentoring Network since 2002. In that time, I have had 5 mentees. It was a little disconcerting to have a parent pull a student from the program with no explanation, but, that's what happened. I've enjoyed each student, and have been with the current one 4 years. She's reaching the teenage life, and sometimes I wonder if and how I'm helping her, but then say to myself, just relax, be a friend, play another game of Rummy. That seems to be what she wants/needs. The program has helped me, too, getting me going on days I'd just as soon not go, but once I do, I find it worth it. I have enjoyed the day camps, and can see so many of the kids grow, so I have seen other kids' progress, not just my own. The staff is tremendous, and although the volume of mentors/mentees has grown so much, care is taken to get to know each of us, so we each feel special. This community would be so much poorer in soul without the MN. The sponsors seem to be as interested and involved as those of us with our weekly sessions. The schools have been more than willing to work with my schedule so I can spend time with my special kid. I can only think positively about everyone involved, and am glad I'm in the network.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Like a lot of these kids, i did not have the greatest childhood growing up. I have always wanted to help children and thought this is a great way to do that. When I first met "Matt Man" we had a lot in common. During the 2 years I have mentored Matt we have become good friends, and have helped Matt get through some tough times. Matt will now visit me a the Police station just to say hi. Getting involved in The Mentoring Network was the best thing for me, it has allowed myself, and Matt to grow. Being able to spend an hour a week with Matt just hanging out, or being able to help him through his struggles is something i looked forward too each week. Thanks Mentoring Network for allowing me to do this!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an elementary principal I had the pleasure of seeing what a positive impact mentoring can have for our most at risk children. The Mentoring Network finds and trains amazing mentors. These mentors are committed to making a difference in the life of a child. It is a compassionate and caring non profit that gets visible results. These caring adults follow our transient students as they move through the valley to different elementary schools and really show they are committed to supporting kids.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Mentoring Network honors and catalyzes the power of relationships. This is a high-impact, low-resource, replicatable and proven model that offers a life-changing-positive-impact way of being together for both the mentor and mentee. The ripple effect of what The Mentoring Network makes possible is felt throughout the community. What will it take for every community member to feel valued, seen, heard and a deep sense of belonging? The Mentoring Network strives to achieve that vision through deep community engagement as a way of being together, not something we do as an activity.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I are financial supporters of the nonprofit The Mentoring Network Inc. This organization has done a remarkable service to our area by organizing volunteer mentors to spend an hour or so each week with a student from one of several local rural school districts. The students are referred by the school counselors because of a variety of social and academic needs.
The program has been very successful at furnishing the student with an interested friend to help the student keep an interest in school and relationships. The graduation rate of the mentored students is very high and the need for legal interaction is very rare in this group.
The program is run with minimal staff but with great success. This is money well spent!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with the Mentoring Network since February of 2014 and have a great relationship with a young man that is in 6th grade this year. You never have any idea how you might influence someone with just a little bit of your time. I was amazed when I got a report from this young man's teachers, school counselor, and principal of his improvements in grades, behavior, and overall attitude in a very short period of time. I did nothing but listened and became his trusting friend. I am humbled and grateful for this experience. What an opportunity to reach out and touch a life. These kids need all of our help. One hour a week is so insignificant to the positive impact you can have on them. The Mentoring Network is a huge difference maker.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Mentoring Network is a non-profit organization that is more than just a place to feel good because you helped someone. The children that get matched with Mentors, don't just gain another adult in their life. They receive a friend who is committed to giving them a listening ear and a person to cheer them on with their dreams. I train, work and assist Mentor's within my program and those who help with the Mentoring Network have impressed me. I am very thankful for the help they bring daily to the children in our area and how much they continue to strive for what is possible no matter what roadblocks may seem to exist. Truly a class-A group and non-profit.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the school counselor at an elementary school with many students who might be categorized as "at-risk." The Mentors that my students receive through the Mentor Network spend their own time to make sure that my students feel special. I can't say enough how the Mentors have impacted the students. I love seeing the difference after a new match is made, the student truly blossoms. It is amazing what an hour of one-on-one time a week can really do to brighten a child's life.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a counselor at a small school with a large percentage of low income families, I can easily say that the Mentoring Network is an invaluable resource for us. The mentors who come to us trained by the Mentoring Network are committed, reliable, loving and so generous toward our students. They spend countless personal hours and significant financial resources to simply show our kids that they are cared about. I have heard adult children who were mentored in the past speak about how their lives were impacted by their mentor. It is very apparent that mentors change lives and those changed lives go on to change others. There are very few individuals as committed to children as those who volunteer for the Mentoring Network. I cannot speak highly enough of this program!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Mentoring Network worked with one of my at risk students. Our mentor was a great role model, dependable and used her own money to help provide experiences for this student. I highly recommend this group! It was an amazing and positive experience.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the principal of a local high school. We have several students who have participated in mentoring through the mentoring network. Mentoring Network is life saving for these students. Frequently, after they leave school these students have no adult role models with whom they can connect. Mentoring Network provides that for them.

Deborah97

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Mentoring Network Inc. is a school-based mentoring program that matches a caring adult with an at-risk kid (identified as such by their counselor or teacher) during the school day and on-site at school. Adults are from all walks of life, background screened, and masterfully matched to their mentees. This program boasts the stellar record of not one of these at-risk kids dropping out of school or becoming involved with law enforcement while participating in the program. Hundreds of lives have benefited over the past decade from the work of The Mentoring Network Inc. As a professional psychotherapist, I see how the therapeutic relationship is powerful. This non-profit at a margin of the cost of professional services accomplishes much to help the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Advisor

Rating: 5

The mentoring network absolutely positively has an impact on some of the highest needs students who live in our area. I am a fifth grade teacher and I have watched matches made in 2nd or 3rd grade go into the high school level and beyond. The work of this organization is so effective, because of the long term relationships that vested mentors cultivate with their mentees. I have watched this organization with great interest and can tell multiple stories of how the lives of students have been impacted for the good!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a principal in an elementary school where several mentors are assigned. We have a number of students with high levels of trauma and chaos in their lives. I have seen an amazing impact when a mentor steps into the life of a student. They meet once a week with the student and provide a positive and stable role model. The mentors are of the highest professional quality and they continue to follow the student, even though the student and their family may bounce from school to school. I know some mentors who have followed their kids all the way up through high school.

Last year one of our students lost their mom. Her mentor, who had only been assigned a couple weeks earlier, stepped in and helped the extended family with the funeral. She even shared from her heart during the service. Wow! These mentors really impact lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a State Teacher of the Year for Idaho. I have been involved with the Mentoring Network on several levels over the years. This is an amazing organization that runs on a shoestring for what they provide. The love, caring and compassion with which they give themselves to kids is nearly unequaled. Not only are many children the beneficiaries of all they offer, but the mentors that work with the kids have been hand picked as to make sure everyone is given a chance to succeed. The Mentoring Network is one of the unsung heroes as far as organizations that cater to kids. Experiences and lots of TLC are given to help kids build self esteem, character and personal growth, so that they will have the opportunity to live productive lives. Kudos to the Mentoring Network.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our school has been gifted with mentors from The Mentoring Network.....what amazing opportunities they have given to our students . I have seen so many positive results because of the mentoring and relationships developed over the years. I wish more people would become mentors so we could affect more students!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the principal in a school that is a regular recipient of mentors from the Mentoring Network. The Network was worked with us to help match mentors with students for long term effects and relationships. Most importantly are the positive changes we seen our mentored students. Socially awkward students have started making friends, academics have improved and classroom behaviors have become more appropriate. While we looked for other variables that would have prompted such changes, we continually came back to the addition of a the mentor. I thank you, my teachers thank you and my students thank you.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Sharon87

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Mary193

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Toni12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I mentor two little girls, ages seven and ten. It has been a privilege to work with them this past year and see them blossom. My friends tell me how lucky they are to have me in their lives. I tell them it is just the opposite--I am blessed to have them in my life. I'm really looking forward to being with them for years to come, watching them continue to build their confidence. This program is a tremendous opportunity for children, but no less so for the adults who volunteer and work with them. My thanks and my hat is off to those who worked so hard to move this program from idea to reality. It can't have been easy.