Plainview Community Mentoring Program
Plainview YMCA Seeking Adult Mentors
Is mentoring right for you?
Only you can answer that. However, most mentors will discover that entering into a mentoring relationship can accelerate their personal growth, and the experience that is gained will last a lifetime.
What is mentoring?
In his book, Mentoring (published by Broadman & Holman Publishers), Bob Biehl states, “Mentoring is a lifelong relationship, in which a mentor helps the protégé reach her or his God-given potential." There are many different ways to build leaders. The key is building the right kind of leader. The most effective way to build quality leaders who reach their fullest potential is through mentoring relationships. A mentor is a brain to pick and a shoulder to cry on. "A mentor applauds us when we run, consoles us when we fall, and cheers us on when we recover." - Edmond Burke
The Plainview Community Mentoring Program helps to empower youth in our community to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential.
The mentoring program uses adult volunteers to commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a 5th or 6th grader for a period of at least one year. By becoming part of the social network of community members who care about the youth, the mentor can help youth develop and reach positive academic, career and personal goals.
· Take the lead in supporting a young person through an ongoing, one-to-one relationship
· Serve as a positive role model and friend
· Build the relationship by participating in activities together
· Strive for mutual respect
· Build self-esteem and motivation
· Help set goals and work toward accomplishing them
· Make a one-year commitment
· Communicate with the mentee weekly
· Attend a training session and additional training sessions as needed throughout the year
· Attend optional mentor/mentee group events, mentor support groups and program recognition events
Do you meet Mentor Eligibility Requirements?
· Be at least 18 years of age
· Be willing to adhere to all Plainview Community Mentoring Program policies and procedures
· Agree to a one-year commitment to the program
· Be willing to communicate with the mentee weekly
· Complete the screening procedure
· Agree to attend mentor trainings as required
· Be willing to communicate regularly with the program staff and submit activity information
· Have access to an automobile or reliable transportation
· Have a clean criminal history
· Have never been accused, arrested, charged, or convicted of child abuse or molestation
· Not be a convicted felon. If the applicant has been convicted of a felony then they may be considered only after a period of seven years with demonstrated good behavior and an appropriate and corrective attitude regarding past behaviors.
· Not be a user of illicit drugs
· Not use alcohol or controlled substances in an excessive or inappropriate manner
· Not be currently in treatment for substance abuse. If a substance abuse problem has occurred in the past the applicant must have completed a non-addictive period of at least five years.
· Not currently be under treatment for a severe mental disorder or have been hospitalized for a mental disorder in the past three years
· Not have falsified information during the course of the screening process
· Be an advocate for teenage sexual abstinence
· Be in good standing with the Plainview YMCA and Plainview ISD
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please act fast and come pick up an application packet at the YMCA today. Mentor training will be scheduled shortly, and we are short on mentors for our 5th and 6th grade students. Please help us change a life!
Here are a couple quotes that inspire me to want to touch the lives of the children in our community:
“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
“Anyone can be great because anyone can serve.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thank you, and I hope you will consider being a part of this life-changing program. Call me at (806) 293-8319 or come by the YMCA for more information if you want to get involved.