Behind the Y: (Re) Introducing Mentoring
For 25 years, we've been proud to offer mentoring services to children and families in Southeastern Massachusetts. Earlier this fall, we decided to continue that tradition under a new name.
After serving the community as an affiliate of Big Brother Big Sister of America (BBBSA) for many years, our mentoring program will now be known as Old Colony Y Mentoring.
You may not have realized it, but this program has been matching caring adults with hundreds - if not thousands - of kids in our community since 1993.
We remain committed to the mentoring model as the basis for all our youth development work for one simple reason: It works.
In fact, research has proven that kids with a mentor are less likely to use drugs and alcohol, less likely to engage in violent behavior, and more likely to become engaged in school and develop positive relationships (MENTOR).
Unlike many mentoring programs, our matches are able to take full advantage of all the Y has to offer. As a part of what we call an "integrated approach to youth development," mentoring connects participants with a range of in-house services.
First, mentors and mentees are given a free membership to any branch of our YMCA, which provides them with a safe place to spend time, build a relationship, and have fun while promoting health. Matches also have the opportunity to utilize our mental health and substance use services, camp and childcare offerings, academic support programs, and resources to meet basic needs.
Unfortunately, there are more children in need of a mentor than adults willing to volunteer. That's why today, I hope you'll take a few moments to fill out this no-commitment inquiry or an application.
You'll soon learn that a little bit of your time can make a huge difference, and that often, the mentor is impacted even more than the mentee.
Until next time,