Here is local listing of mentoring orgs in KC Metro. https://www.mentorpro.org/vrs/default.aspx?orgid=2&distance=15&zipcode=64111
Creating a broad based community support system for mentors with excellent training and opportunities to build relationships with other mentors. Creating a culture of mentorship will foster the sustainability of mentor/ mentee matches and will encourage new mentors to join the movement. Most of the kids that we are focusing on in the challenge are labeled "at risk" and mentors can easily feel unqualified to work with these youth. We need to create a logical system for mentors to become well trained and supported. The last thing we need are mentors quitting in the midst of a match, because they are unprepared for the difficulties that can arise or they feel that they are alone in the effort. One to one mentoring is important... but group mentoring can offer a series of experiential learning opportunities for all involved... that gives everyone, adults and youth, the opportunity to be oriented to each other and to the program.
Morer opportunities. Lets not reinvent somthing already happening. Lets network these into a Ganglia Nexus http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/filters/?l=Kansas%20City,%20MO,%20United%20States&k=
The site I was telling you about Wednesday https://www.uniiverse.com/passion?utm_source=Uniiverse+Newsletter&utm_campaign=b75dfa0c8b-Newsletter_12_16_2012&utm_medium=email
I remember when I was about 11 I read a biography of Benjamin Franklin and learned a lot about apprenticeship. This is an age old method of teaching youth a trade. I think we need to realize that going to college may not be for everyone, especially in the future we are creating for our children. We’re going to need lots of urban farmers(Ecosystem Managers) and people with all kinds of trades and ‘old time’ skills like sewing, blacksmithing and chicken keeping.