What is Partners?
The Partners mentoring program promotes positive change in youth through one-to-one mentoring relationships with adult volunteers.
What is a Junior Partner?
Junior Partners are youth, ages six through seventeen, who would benefit from the support and guidance that another caring adult can provide in their life. Youth are referred to the program from local community professionals. Parents support their children’s participation in the program and kids are in the program because they want to be.
What is a Senior Partner?
Senior Partners are men and women who volunteer to be friends, advocates, and role models to local youth. Volunteers are screened and trained to support, accept, and guide their Junior Partners. Senior Partners make a commitment of time and energy that often evolves into a meaningful relationship.
What is a Partnership?
The Partners’ staff match Junior Partners and Senior Partners to form “partnerships” which are yearlong mentoring relationships. Partnerships spend an average of 3 hours a week together playing games, doing homework or just talking. Staff support these relationships through volunteer trainings, recreational opportunities, life skills education, and other support services. The Partners program is supported by local communities through discounts to partnerships, program funding, and board involvement.
Does it have to end in one year?
After one year, the Partnership has the option to end the relationship, however, most Partnerships continue beyond their one-year anniversary because they find the relationship to be rewarding and they recognize that they really do make a difference!
What are the Benefits?
These kids all face challenges in their personal, academic or social lives. As a Senior Partner, you become an important part of their life – sharing laughter and tears and providing guidance for the challenges the young person faces. A partnership may be challenging, but the rewards you receive from being a Senior partner can change your life. Don’t worry, you’re not expected to be a counselor. Senior Partners are simply asked to be themselves and give their time and attention to a deserving child. The first step toward becoming a Senior Partner is to meet with the local Counselor in your County.