Mentor one child, change two lives.

Being a mentor can be one of the most fulfilling things you’ll ever do (Not to mention, it’s a lot of fun!) You and your mentee can share activities you already like to do and explore new things together.

Mentors are regular people, just like you! No special skills or education are required. You just have to want to positively impact a young person as an extra source of encouragement and support.  As a mentor you won’t be alone. Chautauqua Striders provides all mentors orientation and ongoing training opportunities and coaching throughout the duration of the mentoring friendship.

Chautauqua Striders has several ways you can be a mentor:

Community-Based Mentoring : This program gives mentors and mentees an opportunity to experience the community. Whether you go to the park and play basketball, go to the library to check out some new books or visit a local college to check out the campus, the focus is on experiencing resources in our

community. This program offers mentors flexibility in meeting with mentees on weekends and evenings and enjoying time together.

School-Based Mentoring : This program gives mentors and mentees the chance to meet with each other once a week during the school day. Mentors and mentees play games, share weekly updates of life and build a positive productive friendship.

Project-Based Mentoring : For our college and high school aged mentors, Chautauqua Striders Project-Based mentoring offers participants the chance to be a mentor without the long term commitment of a traditional mentoring match. Mentors meet with mentees in small groups and work on projects developing relationship and communication skills. Each session lasts between 6 and 12 weeks, perfect for those looking to develop leadership skills and provide support and encouragement to an area youth.

Just a few hours a month can help shape a child’s future and you will be surprised how much you get from the experience too. After all, mentor one child, change two lives is more than a slogan, it’s a fact!

What Does Mentoring Mean to Me ?

“I really enjoy seeing the feeling of pride and accomplishment my mentee shows when she has achieved another goal. I also think that having a relationship with a young person keeps me in touch with what is currently happening in life from a ‘present’ perspective.”          

 –a proud mentor

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