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.
This is my third year as a mentor with The Mentoring Network, Inc. I started with a mentee who was in 7th grade. She is now a freshman in high school. It has been such a positive experience that at the end of last school year, I agreed to mentor another student who is now in 5th grade. There is so much to be learned and experienced by the mentor and mentee. There is conversation, creativity, getting to know a special human being and their getting to know you. In sharing in each other's lives, you experience joy (Joy of Youth). The program is designed in the best interest of each child. I find it to be a very fulfilling way to use my time and would recommend it to any person who has a genuine interest in the well being of children.
I have been a board member of The Mentoring Network since 2010 and it has been nothing but a positive experience. I have met many of our mentors and the kids they work with. The results are incredible. One hour a week can make a difference in someones life. Recently (November 2012) I became a mentor for a young man in one of our school districts. I have met with him only twice but already have a connection with him that hopefully grows into a great friendship. The Mentoring Network is truly a game changer for kids that need that little bit extra in life. I hope to be a board member as long as they let me.
I have been volunteering with The Mentoring Network for two years now. And I absolutely love it. I work with a young man every week for about an hour. We play basketball together and talk about school, family, and life. I care a lot about him, and I am excited to mentor him throughout his school years. I would not have been able to have this relationship if not for The Mentoring Network. They do a very professional and compassionate job of connecting mentors and mentees. And they do an incredible job staying in touch with the students during the summer. Great people who are always helping and looking for others to join them. It has been my pleasure to do so.