Our mission at Partners Mentoring Youth is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships between positive adult role models and youth facing challenges in their personal, social, and academic lives.
How We Impact Our Community
We work with community partners to identify youth who need extra support in their community or school, while also seeking caring adults to volunteer as mentors. We create intentional partnerships based on need, shared interests, logistical preferences, and common values.
How We Encourage Progress
We follow mentoring best practices and offer our youth, families, and volunteers support throughout their time with Partners. Our staff also provides recreational group activities, life-skill seminars, and community service opportunities to further engage our youth in the community.
How We Measure Results
We use an annual outcome measurement tool to evaluate the impact mentorships have on our youth. Our programs have impressive results, and the youth who participate gain social skills, confidence, and hope for the future.
Mentoring is a proven prevention strategy for positive youth development. Ultimately, providing a child with a compassionate mentor communicates that they are not alone in dealing with the challenges they face. Mentoring guarantees a young person that someone cares about them and they that they matter to their community.
Our programs tailor to the needs of the youth in the most appropriate and supportive way. Consistent with national research behind mentoring, we know that our mentoring programs work!
As an organization, we believe in the importance of creating goals and a sustainable plan for the future of the organization. Our 2019-2021 Strategic Plan focuses on increasing our strategic partnerships and collaborations, maintaining staff and board development, increasing our youth served goals, and improving our revenue raised. See the full summary here:
She taught me that I am where I am supposed to be, and that I am strong. She’s taught me how I can be successful in the future.
Senior Partners make real differences for their Junior Partners by being stable and reliable—just being there for them. It doesn’t take a lot of time either, and it means so much to these kids.
The youth need many things to help them be successful; strong extended families, good teachers, positive peer groups, strong internal compass, motivation, etc. I think Partners is an important ingredient in this mix. Having a caring adult who is willing to listen and serve as a role model is important.