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