GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- If it takes a village to raise a child, then mentoring is the solution. Mentoring is one of the most successful means of improving the lives of young people in our community today, especially youth who are at risk or living with adversity.
The statistics say it all-mentored students are less likely to skip classes, use illegal drugs and drink alcohol at a young age. They also perform better in school and are more socially aware. Best of all, it only takes a small investment of time to attain lifelong benefits.
There are many different types of mentoring programs available, ranging from traditional one-to-one relationships, to family mentoring to school based programs. There are 400 mentoring organizations in Minnesota alone, here are a few that were featured in the KARE 11 News Special, Be the Change: Mentor.
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF THE GREATER TWIN CITIES
Big Brothers Big Sisters targets the children who need mentors most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty and coping with parental incarceration. They pair children, ages 7 through 12 with role models in one-to-one relationships. Programs include community and school-based mentoring, and special initiatives such as Hispanic mentoring, Native American mentoring and mentoring children of prisoners.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities
2550 University Avenue West, Suite 410N
St. Paul, MN 55114
Bolder Options is an innovative, one-on-one youth mentoring program focused on healthy youth development. The program uses running & biking, academic goal setting, and volunteerism to build self-esteem and encourage healthy life skills in youth 10-14 years old.
2100 Stevens Avenue South
Minneapolis MN 55404
Tel: (612) 379-BOLD (2653)
North Minneapolis Office
2100 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Saint Paul Office
1144 Barclay Street
St. Paul MN 55106
607 East Center St, Suite 2
Rochester, MN 55904
Tel: (507) 993-3727
Courage Center is a Minnesota-based non-profit rehabilitation and resource center that empowers people with disabilities to realize their full potential in every aspect of life. They use a holistic approach that includes comprehensive rehabilitation therapies, independent living services, drivers services, a community reintegration program, accessible aquatics and fitness programs, camps, and adapted sports and recreation programs. The Youth Leadership Academy prepares motivated teens with disabilities to take on leadership roles in their community.
TTY: (763) 520-0245
CRISTO REY HIGH SCHOOL
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Twin Cities is part of the nationwide Cristo Rey Network that serves urban students with limited resources who cannot afford a private college preparatory education.
As participants in the Hire4Ed work-study program, students become members of the local business community, gaining valuable work experience while making a real difference in the workplace. "
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
2924 4th Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
EDINA FIRST ROBOTICS
Edina Robotics FIRST Team, 1816-The Green Machine, is the team at Edina High School. Students in grades 10-12 bring together their interests in math, science, engineering, computer programming, marketing, and media, to build a robot to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition.
FREE ARTS MINNESOTA
Free Arts is an arts and mentoring organization that uses the power of art to bring kids and mentors together. You don't have to be an artist to be a mentor for Free Arts. You just need to enjoy working with kids on a variety of fun projects. They have mentoring opportunities at a wide variety of locations, and have weekday, evening and weekend mentoring opportunities. Free Arts is also a team mentoring project, so you're working with a team of volunteers. That means you have their help and their support as you sit down each week to have fun with the kids.
Free Arts Minnesota
400 N. 1st Ave., Suite 518
Minneapolis. MN 55401
KINSHIP OF GREATER MINNEAPOLIS
Kinship of Greater Minneapolis has been matching children ages 5 to 15 with caring adults for 55 years. Kinship is unique in that it allows faith sharing if desired, and also encourages couples and families to mentor a child in their community. Mentors choose the child they befriend and are supported by Kinship for the lifetime of the match. As a Kinship friend, being present and consistent is the key to success. Kinship matches typically do simple things together like playing games, throwing a ball, baking cookies or taking a hike.
Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches
Kinship of Greater Minneapolis
PARENTING WITH PURPOSE
Parenting with Purpose is committed to building quality, life-long mentoring relationships that change the lives of children forever. The Mentoring for Life Change (MLC) program provides one-on-one and group mentoring for youth, ages 5-25, which are affected by a parent's incarceration.
MLC participants are involved in the program during their parent's incarceration, as well as after their parent's release. The mentor serves as an example and a role model of how healthy adult lifestyles, positive family relationships and spiritual vitality make a difference in the life of a young person.
Parenting with Purpose
7111 West Broadway Suite #206
Brooklyn Park MN 55428
ADDITIONAL FEATURED ORGANIZATIONS:
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF CENTRAL MINNESOTA
For more than 43 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As a member of the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers ("Bigs") and children ("Littles"), ages 5 through 14 (once matched the match can continue until the child turns 18), in communities across Benton, Morrison, Stearns, the northern tier of Wright & Sherburne Counties.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota
15 Sixth Avenue North
St. Cloud, MN 56303
For Sherburne & Wright Counties:
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF SOUTHERN MINNESOTA
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. They have been the leader in one-to-one youth service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Big Brothers Big Sisters serves children, ages 4 through 14, in communities across the country - including yours.
Big Brother Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota
545 Dunnell Drive,
Owatonna MN 55060
MENTORING PARTNERSHIP OF MINNESOTA
The Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota (MPM) is the driving force in the mentoring movement. Their mission is to lead the state in building and sustaining quality mentoring for every child. Formed in 1994, MPM supports more than 400 youth mentoring programs through training, technical assistance, and marketing around quality mentoring.
Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota
81 South Ninth Street, Ste. 200
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Strengthened by 70 years of mentoring experience, the Mentor Duluth Collaborative matches positive adults with young people between the ages of 5-17. Mentor Duluth believes that all young people have the need for a positive adult, outside of their family, to provide support. Mentors are asked to be a role model, guide, resource and-most importantly- a friend to their mentees.
Mentor Duluth is a collaboration of seven youth serving agencies including the Duluth Area Family YMCA, the Boys & Girls Club of the Northland, Valley Youth Center, Copeland Community Center, YWCA Duluth, Neighborhood Youth Services, and Proctor Hermantown Community Education.
302 West 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802
MINNESOTA BUSINESS ALLIANCE
Minnesota Business Alliance Connections is a collaboration between the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota and the Minnesota Business Partnership to increase the number of Minnesota youth involved in a positive mentoring relationship with employees of MBP member companies. The program has grown from an initial pilot project involving six MBP member companies to an initiative that includes 70 companies with at least 9,500 employees reaching more than 27,000 young people across Minnesota.
Minnesota Business Alliance
3530 IDS Center
Minneapolis, MN 55402
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