It takes one person to make a difference in a child’s life. Be that person.
Research shows that students who participate in mentor relationships miss fewer school days, are less likely to participate in negative behaviors and more likely to graduate on time.
Just one hour a week can help a child become:
• 52% less likely to skip a day of school
• 37% less likely to skip a class
• 46% less likely to start using drugs
• 27% less likely to start drinking
• 33% less likely to hit someone
Under the Mentor Center, United Way now funds and has oversight of 23 mentor programs.
The Mentor Center also serves as the anchor of the Palm Beach County Mentor Network, a professional affiliation of 42 formal mentor programs working together to elevate mentoring in the community. These local mentor programs oversee more than 10,000 mentor matches.
The Mentoring Connector
The “Mentoring Connector” is a tool through national Mentoring Partnership that allows programs to register their programs so be matched with potential mentors looking to volunteer in their respective communities. The “Mentoring Connector” is also a way for programs to get started in the NQMS process. The NQMS is a quality process that allows ALL programs to assess their programs and see the strengths and opportunities for growth within their individual programs. At the end of this process, programs will receive a “Seal of Approval” from National Mentoring Partnership that they can prominently display on all of their materials, brochures and website.
If you would like to get started with this enlightening process, please see the link below:
This process will essentially set your program apart from many other programs, and be seen as a program that is part of a national quality process with local implementation.
Mentoring Spotlight Success Story
(From Alpert Jewish Family Services’ MENTORING 4 KIDS)
In some ways, the life of retiree Michael Rubin is a giant cliche. He’s an ex-New Yorker who retired here for the sunshine and warm weather. He loves golf. He loves Florida baseball. He loves not working. But when he and his wife, Susan, moved to Lake Worth eight years ago, he also knew generosity had to be a part of their so-called golden years. So in 2010, Rubin signed up for mentoring through the Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s Judith and Jack Rosenberg Mentoring 4Kids Program. And with that single gesture, the Manhattan retiree changed the lives of a heartbroken wife, a lost little boy, and a guy named Michael Rubin.
“It was a lifesaver, that’s all I can say,” says Diana Rivera, whose husband died of esophageal cancer when their son Andrew was 4 years old. We’ve all heard about the impact a mentor can have on a child’s life. Hollywood stars do public service announcements, begging us to invest in our children. The local bar association, schools, synagogues and churches; you can Google your way to a mentoring match easy enough. But Rivera, who lives in Wellington, said she was incredibly impressed with the whole pairing procedure when she signed up her son, Andrew Dominguez, for the Mentoring 4Kids Program. Program administrators took their time, asked a lot of questions, did face-to-face interviews, and – once her son was placed with Rubin – they always kept in touch, Rivera said. Andrew’s been with Rubin since he was 8, and now Andrew is 14 and about to start high school, “Mike” at his side.
By teenager standards, it’s a relationship that’s just there – comfortable and easy, predictable and maybe a tad boring. Boring in a nice, steady, “you-are-loved” kind of way.
“My life’s not that interesting, so sometimes we don’t have a lot to talk about,” says Andrew, in hilarious teenage fashion. But, sometimes, silence is all anyone needs to feel loved.
“They’re wonderful people,” Rivera says. “I am just so happy they are in our lives, and we are in theirs.” Through the years, Rubin has been there for the sports things – flag football, ice hockey, baseball. He’s been there for Cub Scouts, attending the ceremony when Andrew moved to Boy Scouts. They rarely miss a birthday or holiday together. And since driving’s around the corner, is Rubin game?
“If I am asked, I imagine I would,” he says, laughing about being in the car with a newbie at the wheel. These days, the two fellows who found each other through their changing lives mostly spend time having breakfast or dinner, catching up, talking about what’s ahead. They’ve pretty much outgrown the zoo and the science museum and putt-putt golf.
“Andrew comes in, kicks off his shoes, and turns on the TV or the computer,” Rubin says. “He belongs.”
The United Way of Palm Beach County Mentor Center is an affiliate of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and an official Technical Assistance Provider of the National Mentoring Resource Center, a project of MENTOR and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.