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Two Ways to Mentor

Site-Based Mentoring

  • Mentors are typically students, often attending local colleges such as Stonehill College and Bridgewater State University
  • Site based programs are run after school in Brockton
  • Requires a one hour commitment per week during the academic year
  • Servicing children at: Old Colony YMCA in Brockton, Kennedy Elementary School, Roosevelt Heights Housing Complex, and Gilmore Elementary School

Site Based Mentoring Programs:

The Kennedy School & The Gilmore School (afterschool mentoring)
The Kennedy School program matches mentors with youth in grades 4 and 5 to meet during after school hours once a week. This is a program centered on homework help to improve the academic success of our children through a structured one-on-one environment.  The program also includes activities focused around asset building to help youth develop positive identities and to help them gain an understanding of valuing their community. 

Roosevelt Heights
Roosevelt Heights services youth ages 9-13 who are local residents at the Roosevelt Heights Apartments. The mentors meet with the youth in a group setting once a week to do a variety of activities including homework assistance, asset building, and community service initiatives.

1:1 Community-Based Mentoring

One-to-One Community Based Mentoring Goals: 

  • Connect youth with positive adult role models
  • Assist youth in a healthy transition from childhood into a morally admirable adult
  • Establish a relationship between a mentor and a youth that is positive, caring, and consistent
  • Foster self-confidence, social competency, and an asset-rich environment
  • Expose youth to new opportunities

The details:

  • Matches choose their own activities, from bowling or sporting events to a walk in the park and cooking up a fantastic meal
  • OCY Mentoring serves youth in 29 cities and towns in Southeastern Massachusetts
  • Mentors are ages 21 and older
  • The youth are ages 9-18 years old
  • Matches spend two to four hours per week together
  • We ask our mentors to dedicate their time for a minimum of one full calendar year

W.O.W Events: 

  • Youth waiting to be matched are invited to attend events hosted by the Y
  • Events range from local college tours to arts and crafts as well as gym time and Asset building activities
  • By providing youth with activities, we get to know the youth and assure the best match is made when picking a Mentor
Mentoring Information