The call to mentoring has never been greater or more rewarding.
Family, Youth and Reentry Mentoring
Today’s communities have many families and individuals that need and want a trained mentor to help them find a path to self-sufficiency. Our mentor training, coupled with your life experiences, can empower you, as a mentor, to help others improve their life skills and find better ways to support their families. Mentors join hands with an individual or family for one year, helping them make the very difficult transition to financial stability. Each mentor provides a broad range of support including budgeting, job preparation, decision making, emotional support, parenting advice and goal setting. This unique program makes a difference in people’s lives when they learn life skills from caring, committed volunteers. And the time commitment for the mentorship is just three to four hours a month at a time convenient to the mentors and mentees. Due to our success, the Mentoring program has been recognized for Best Practices by Urban Partnership Initiatives of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The strength of the program is the three-way relationship among the client, the mentor(s), and the staff, all focused on helping the family become self-sufficient.
What makes a great mentor?
Pathfinders mentors come from all walks of life, are all ages, and span a variety of economic and educational backgrounds. Our clients simply value having someone to talk to, someone to listen, and someone to care about their future. If you know how to set goals, stick to a budget, or look for a job and you are willing to learn and walk with your mentee in his or her journey toward self-sufficiency, you will make a great mentor! And you will not be alone in this process. Pathfinders provides ongoing support, training, a great mentor toolbox full of resources right here on our website, and opportunities to connect with other mentors and share your successes and challenges along the way.
What options are available?
Pathfinders provides three avenues for volunteer mentors:
- One-on-one mentoring
- Mentoring as a team
- Pathfinder Partner - organizations with multiple one-on-one mentors or teams of mentors
How do I get started?
- Submit a Mentor Application
- Consider recruiting friends or colleagues to create a team
- If your church/faith community, club, or business has multiple mentors, consider becoming a Pathfinder Partner
Still have questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information or send us an email.