In our One-to-One Mentoring program, children are matched with an adult volunteer. The pair spend their time together doing things they both enjoy - like playing in the park, fishing, playing basketball, cooking, or simply just talking.
One-to-One Mentors provide a positive influence on the children, which improves their self-esteem and outlook on life.
All students in our One-to-One Mentoring program reside in (or around) Forsyth County. These children are predominantly from single parent homes or are living with grandparents or foster parents. In recent years, many of our children have parents who are in jail, have substance abuse issues, or have recently passed.
National mentoring research shows that children who are involved in One-to-One mentoring programs, such as ours, are less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs, start drinking underage, skip a day of school or hit someone in anger. Additional studies demonstrate that mentored girls are less likely than other girls to become pregnant.
Surveys from our program participants in our One-to-One mentoring program show that:
- 89% are more confident
- 89% display improved behavior
- 78% do better in school
- 88% get along better with their peers
Mentors can meet with their One-to-One mentees on the weekend, evenings or after school. The schedule can be flexible to meet the needs of Mentors and the young people in different kinds of situations.
Must be at least 21 years old.
Must pass a background check.
Must be able to meet with their student at least 1 hour per week. Hours are flexible per the Mentor's availability.
Must commit to one calendar year of being a One-to-One Mentor.
Must live in or near Forsyth County.