WHO MENTORED YOU? Pass it on. Mentor a child.
When you were growing up was there someone in your life - a teacher, coach, relative, neighbor, friend, or boss - who encouraged you to do your best and showed you the ropes? Chances are that person was a mentor to you. Kinship is here to fill in the gap so that a mentor is not left to chance.
Many adults at any age mentor. 41% of of those who mentor are baby boomers. Adults may decide to mentor because they do not have children of their own and they enjoy volunteering with youth. Nationally in 2009, more women than men were mentors. This is true for our Kinship program as well.
How much time is involved?
Kinship asks that volunteer mentors meet with the youth that they are matched with once a week, for one hour, and for one year. The consistency (almost weekly), reliability (being there when promised), and longevity (one year commitment) has been found to have the most positive impact on youth development.