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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

One hour a week truly does change a childs life! Working with The Mentoring Network the past few years has afforded me the opportunity to hear many, many stories of kids that have been positively impacted through spending time with their adult mentor. This organization is one of the most efficient organizations that I have been a part of. Over 140 current matches with a staff of 1.5. No doubt that a donor's investment goes a long way with this group.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is my second school year with my mentee, and it has been such an amazing experience for me. The second my mentee and I met, we instantly bonded. Each week he brings a light to my day, and brings me back to reality. I know being a constant in his life has added to his self esteem and school work, but he brings me just as much joy when I get to spend time with him. -Jamie M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.