“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.” -Maya Angelou

Dear Mentor,Mentor Chalkboard

Hope you have been enjoying your summer. We have been busy preparing for our 27th year!! We are excited about all the new program sites kicking-off this year.

We look forward to seeing you in the fall but we realize that your schedule may have changed. If you are NOT returning to your program please contact me or your program manager.

Mentoring USA believes all children should be given the opportunity to succeed and our success would not be possible without your continued support. Thank you and please take advantage of our volunteer recognition below.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

See you in September,

Jane, Recruitment Manager

Volunteer RecognitionTag Cloud

Barclays Center is recognizing our volunteers!

The Barclays Center is located in the heart of Brooklyn at the crossroads of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenue, and has become the premier location for entertainment and sporting events.

Use the DISCOUNT LINK below to receive reduced prices on events throughout the year! http://barclayscenterots.com/Special_Offer_RP.html

Program Update

Program Managers, Sam McQuibban, Dimple Patel, Keith Howard and Sandy Maskell have been busy preparing the 2014-2015 schedules. Look for an email in the next few weeks with the details specific to your site.

Listed below are the programs still in need of mentors. Please contact Jane Levy (jlevy@mentoringusa.org  212-400-8290)if you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering.

  • The St Ann School is located at 314 East 110th Street. The program will meet every other Saturday from 10:00 AM to Noon, and will run from early October to June. The children are in 4th and 5th grade and the program will focus on building a strong and supportive adult relationship to encourage academic and social success.
  • PS 7- I Have a Dream Foundation School for children ages 7 to 9 is located at 160 East 120th Street. The Program meets every other Monday from 3:30- 5:30 PM, and will run from late September through June. The program focuses on academic success and the first half hour is spent on improving reading skills.
  • East Bronx Academy 1716 Southern Blvd, Bronx is part of our Mentoring for Real program with the NYC Dept of Education for underserved boys between the ages of 14-17. They meet every other Saturday from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • St Charles Borromeo School located at 214 West 142nd Street is for students in 6th and 7th grade and will meet every other Friday from
  •  5:30- 7:30 PM. It is a general mentoring program to encourage self-respect and academic success.
  • The Center for LGBTQ youth ages 16- 22 is located at 208 West 13th Street. The program will meet every other Wednesday, from 6:00 – 8:00, and will run from late September through the end of April 2015.
  •  Help Genesis Homes East New York, Brooklyn. Day and time in development.
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! Spread the word! Tell your friends, family and co-workers about Mentoring USA. Remember to friend us on Facebook, and keep the conversation going on Twitter.

Mentor Training

The original Mentor is a character in Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey. When Odysseus began his famous journey, he left his infant son, Telemachos, in the care of a companion named Mentor. This relationship came to define mentoring as a process in which an older person helps to counsel and guide a younger person.

All children need caring adults in their lives. Changes in family structure and neighborhood networks have increased the time youth are spending unsupervised. More and more young people are facing pressures and risks alone.

As a Mentoring USA Mentor we plan to continue assisting you as you become that supportive, positive role model in your Mentee’s life.Mentor training modules are being updated and expanded for continuous training throughout the mentoring cycle. And remember, Mentoring USA program managers and site supervisors are always available to support you!

Mentor Highlight: Nicole Turnbull Nicole

IHAD: Chelsea Elliot / Mentor since 2009

“I decided to become a mentor because I love working with young people. I came from an education and counseling background, so I first approached the relationship from a learning-outcomes/task-oriented perspective. What I learned very quickly, is that mentoring isn’t a one-size-fits-all process or a collection of exercises & lessons. It is simply a relationship. I found that all I have to do is be a dependable, caring adult that listens attentively to what my Mentee has to say.”