Become A Hampton Roads Hero! Become A Mentor!

 

READ FORMER VIRGINIA GOVERNOR TIMOTHY KAINE'S LETTER OF SUPPORT TO Y2K HERE!

 

TO SIGN UP, PLEASE VISIT, OUR NATIONAL


MENTORING VOLUNTEER WEB SITE AT:

 Please Click Here or Copy & Paste the Link Below in Your Browser Now!

http://www.mentoring.org/get_involved/become_a_mentor

Then, type in Y2K Academy's  Zip Code:  23434 & Click GO!

 Click On the Y2K Academy Link

Click "Express an Interest"

Complete all information in the online sign up form!

Click Submit!

 

An office representative will contact you within 3 days of submitting your form.

 

You may also express an interest in mentoring with us by phone or e-mail!

 

CALL (757) 925-4545 TODAY OR E-MAIL y2kacademy757@gmail.com

 

Okay, I've signed up, Now what?

 

What Should I Bring to my new mentor's orientation?

Please Bring the Following:
  • Social Security Number
  • VA Driver's License or other Government-issued Photo ID
  • Current DMV Record (Not older than 21 days old)
  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Please come dressed and groomed to be photographed
  • Please come prepared to be fingerprinted
  • Money Order for $23 for FBI background check/fingerprints


Please have the complete contact info for references:
(Including their name, address, company, phone, e-mail)


  • 1 Employment Reference
  • 1 Pastoral Reference
  • 2 Personal References (non-relative)
  • All addresses within last 5 five years
  • Sexual Predator Check Required
  • Personal Interview Required
  • Minimum 1 year required
  • Random (Unannounced) Drug Screen
  • E-mail Account and Basic Computer Literacy Required for those desiring to mentor in online environment.
  • Monthly Group Match Activities with Youth Required


For more info, call (757) 925-4545 Ext. 102

Please note:
Y2K Academy is a Christian, church-based mentoring program.


Become a Mentor

Few bonds in life are more influential than those between a young person and an adult. As you begin your journey toward becoming a mentor, you will need to thoroughly understand the basics of mentoring before entering into a relationship with a young person.

Look at a role you are probably already familiar with. Most of us have had a supervisor, a boss or coach. Those people wore many hats. They acted as, delegators, role models, cheerleaders, policy enforcers, advocates, and friends. As a mentor you will wear these same hats.

Mentors understand the need to assume a number of different roles during the course of a mentoring relationship, but successful mentors also share the same basic qualities:

  • A sincere desire to be involved with a young person.
  • Respect young people.
  • Listen actively.
  • Empathize.
  • See solutions and opportunities.
  • Be flexible and open.

As you and your mentee begin your communication; exploring values, interests and goals, you will find yourself making a difference and having a positive effect on a young person's life. What you may also be surprised to see is that you will be learning more about yourself, too. Mentoring is a shared opportunity for learning and growth. Mentoring doesn't just affect the young person.

Mentoring provides significant benefits. As a mentor, you will be

  • Making a difference in someone else's life.
  • Learning about yourself.
  • Giving back and contributing to the future.
  • Having fun.

If you're still not sure you understand what is expected of a mentor then just ask a young person. Good mentors are willing to take time to get to know their mentees, to learn new things that are important to the young person, and even to be changed by their relationship.

Accept the challenges and rewards of mentoring a child for a period of one school year (nine months) or longer and experience the benefits that will last each of you a lifetime.

Your Role As a Mentor

A mentor is a caring, adult friend who devotes time to a young person. Although mentors can fill any number of different roles, all mentors have the same goal in common: to help young people achieve their potential and discover their strengths.

Mentors should understand they are not meant to replace a parent, guardian or teacher. A mentor is not a disciplinarian or decision maker for a child. Instead, a mentor echoes the positive values and cultural heritage parents and guardians are teaching. A mentor is part of a team of caring adults.

A mentor's main purpose is to help a young person define individual goals and find ways to achieve them. Since the expectations of each child will vary, the mentor's job is to encourage the development of a flexible relationship that responds to both the mentor's and the young person's needs.

By sharing fun activities and exposing a youth to new experiences, a mentor encourages positive choices, promotes high self-esteem, supports academic achievement, and introduces the young person to new ideas.

A mentor may help a young person:

  • Plan a project for school;
  • Set career goals and start taking steps to realize them;
  • Make healthy choices about day-to-day life, from food to exercise and beyond; and
  • Think through a problem at home or school.

If you think you'd make a good mentor, great. We have lots of information about the many opportunities that are available. But you should be aware that it may take a while to be matched with a youth. Mentoring programs are concerned with the well being and safety of both youth and the volunteer mentors.

In joining a formal mentoring program, you will probably be asked to go through an application process. As part of that process, you will need to supply personal and professional references, perhaps have a background check performed, and complete a personal interview. Also, remember that the role of a mentor comes with substantial responsibilities so you will be required to take part in an orientation and training. Throughout the duration of your mentoring relationship, be sure to seek support from the program coordinator.

 

How Mentoring Helps

At its most basic level, mentoring helps because it guarantees a young person that there is someone who cares about them. A child is not alone in dealing with their day-to-day worries.

Think back. Did you know how to study for a test or make plans for college? Do you remember wanting your first car or looking for a part-time job? Simple things that seem easy or straightforward to you now may appear to be a complete mystery to a young person.

Mentors provide their mentees with an experienced friend who is always ready to help in any number of different situations.

Support for education

  • Mentors help keep students in school.
  • Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters).
  • Mentors help with homework and can improve academic skills.

Support with day-to-day living

  • Mentors help improve a young person's self-esteem.
  • Mentors provide support for students trying new behaviors.
  • 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 (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters).
  • About 40% of teenager's waking hours are spent without companionship or supervision. Mentors provide teens with a valuable place to spend free time.
  • Mentors teach young people how to relate well to all kinds of people and help young people strengthen their communication skills.

Support in the workplace

  • Mentors help young people set career goals and start taking steps to realize them.
  • Mentors can use their personal contacts to help young people meet industry professionals, find internships and locate job possibilities.
  • Mentors introduce young people to professional resources and organizations they may not know about.
  • Mentors can help their mentees learn how to seek and keep jobs.

 

The number of ways mentoring can help a youth are as varied as the participants involved in each program. While the lists and statistics can be impressive, take a look at two very different personal accounts of two very different mentoring success stories.

 

 

Source:  MENTOR - National Mentoring Partnership

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