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The Mentoring Network Inc.

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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

71 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!!