Be a Mentor

be a mentor

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater New Bedford's Mentoring Program is designed to help foster self-confidence in children and promote a fun, safe environment where mentors and Club members can develop a positive relationship.
Our after-school programs need positive people that will lend a helping hand to making the youth we serve feel safe while having a blast at the Boys & Girls Club.  You can help out in the computer lab or sit down and help create a project in the art room.  Support the Power Hour tutoring program by assisting kids with homework and encouraging them to learn about new and exciting things.  Be challenged to a game of checkers, play pool, air hockey or fire up a heated game of foosball!

MENTORS ARE...
  • someone to talk with who also listens and helps clarify life goals
  • adults that support young people through ongoing one-to-one relationships 
  • positive role models
  • adults who strive for relationships basked upon mutual respect
  • adults committed to building self-esteem and motivating a young person
MENTORS QUALIFICATIONS...
  • experience and/or a strong desire to work with teens/young people
  • able and willing to listen
  • encouraging and supporting
  • patient and flexible
  • tolerant and respectful of individual differences
  • meet all screening criteria successfully - e.g. background checks
BENEFITS OF BECOMING A MENTOR...
  • mentoring is an opportunity to inspire a young person and make a difference in their life
  • mentoring provides the satisfaction of helping someone mature, progress and achieve goals
  • mentoring is an opportunity to give back to the community
  • mentors help improve a young person's self esteem
  • mentors provide support for students trying new behaviors/activities
  • youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking alcohol
  • mentors provide both companionship and supervision (about 40% of teenager's waking hours are spent without companionship and supervision)
  • mentors teach young people how to relate well to all kinds of people and help strengthen their communication skills.
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