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Find your fit and become a mentor

Written by Katie Fourney    on January 27, 2020    in
January is National Mentoring Month. Find your fit and become a mentor now.
Mentors connect, befriend and guide. The impact of mentors is tangible. Mentoring is linked to improved academic, social and economic prospects for Omaha/Council Bluffs metro young people who become the future leaders of our community.

It can feel daunting to be a part of helping youth make responsible choices, but for many it’s natural! The first step is to show up.

Shelley, a GOAL buddy for Partnership 4 Kids, views her time with Gifford Park Elementary students as a break in the day.

“With the daily grind, it’s refreshing to come over here,” said Shelley as a student walked by and thanked her for coming. “When I grew up, I never doubted that I would go to college and have a career. Not all kids have that.”

The day’s topic for 4th-6th grade students was careers. One young woman talked about her desire to be a doctor and her classmate a YouTuber as Shelley guided a conversation about how both doctors and social media influencers need to use problem solving skills.

Terenza Perkins, Partnership 4 Kids elementary program coordinator says if you are passionate about connecting kids with another positive voice, positive presence, mentoring is for you. A one-hour commitment, twice a month, is all that is needed for the GOAL buddy program.

Looking around a room of Partnership 4 Kids volunteers, you see individuals and couples who have found their mentoring fit. Wayne, Cindy and Alberta have been connecting with kids for 6 and 7 years, and Johnny a full decade. They keep showing up.
Which opportunity is your mentoring fit?
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands: Become a Big Brother, Big Sister or Big Couple!
TeamMates: Play games and talk with a student for about an hour a week
Bennington Public Schools: TeamMates mentoring  for an hour a week
Release: Help youth in the justice system lay a spiritual foundation for success
Smart Gen Society: Educate teens on safe, authentic and kind social media use
Catholic Charities Omaha: Empower and educate moms through friendship
Do Space: Use your specialized tech skills to mentor others

See all mentoring opportunities and find your fit now!

Photo credit: Partnership 4 Kids