Availability: As determined by the individual mentor/mentee.
Fees: There are no fees for this program.
Serving people of all faiths, ages and ethnicities
MAGIC MENTORS Brochure
Mentoring Adolescence through Guidance, Inspiration and Compassion
Catholic Charities MAGIC Mentors program invests in the future of the community by creating and supervising long-term relationships between caring adults and at-risk school children. Magic Mentors offers one on one mentoring services as well as monthly community field trips and monthly “soft skills” peer groups. Mentees will go through the program during the 2015-16 school year and spend four to six hours per month with mentors.
The business partners will support the program by hosting visits and providing educational materials. Joining CCCS/Summit, the Barberton City Schools and St. Augustine in this program are: Fifth Third Bank, Stark State College, Lake Anna YMCA, Gardner Pie Company, Pleasant Pointe/Pleasant View, CC Supply, John Carroll University, Ursuline College, Notre Dame College, Fast Lane Bowling Center and the City of Barberton
We support each child with individualized attention…
- Carefully pair one child with one adult mentor, through thoughtful selection and monitoring
- Organize enriching field trips and social events
- Offer mentor training and support programs, as well as counseling services
- Safety is extremely important to us. Program staff conducts a thorough
background check on every volunteer in our program and every relationship is closely monitored and supported by a professionally trained match coordinator
Refer a MAGIC Mentee
Do you know a child who can benefit from…
• A positive role model
• Improved self esteem
• Ability to identify their own strengths
• Help with clarify life goals and course of action
• An objective person with whom to discuss
email: Ginger M. Malcolm LSW
Become a MAGIC MENTOR
Provide assisted support through mentoring to youth to increase individual skills including but not limited to: improving social competencies, commitment to learning, positive values, positive identity, boundaries and expectations, constructive use of time, and empowerment.
- Under direction, ensure that the activities of this position and relevant programs are consistent with the mission, vision and values of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland.
- Provide direct service through individual and group sessions in the community.
- Provide skill building opportunities targeting internal and external developmental assets.
- Plan and implement community activities targeting individual client goals.
- Commit to 4-6 hours per month for 1 year.
- Must be 21 years of age or older
- Must complete VOLUNTEER APPLICATION
- Must pass a Background Check
- Must show proof of VIRTUS training or complete the 3-hour live session.
- Must complete orientation training at the start of volunteering for Catholic Charities
- Must have good oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
- Ability to role model being a caring, healthy, responsible adult demonstrating positive behavior.
- Must be able to form a supportive relationship while keeping professional boundaries with youth and or adults.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD MENTOR
Before becoming a mentor, here are a few things to understand about the role of mentoring. Most of us have had a teacher, supervisor or coach who has been a mentor to us and made a positive difference in our lives. Those people wore many hats, acting as delegators, role models, cheerleaders, policy enforcers, advocates, and friends. Mentors assume these different roles during the course of a relationship, and share some basic qualities:
- A sincere desire to be involved with a young person
- Respect for young people
- Active listening skills
- Ability to see solutions and opportunities
A small commitment gives a child something that he will keep for a lifetime.
Are you up for the challenge?
MAGIC MENTORS Help
- Improve young people’s attitudes toward their parents, peers and teachers
- Encourage students to stay motivated and focused on their education
- Provide a positive way for young people to spend free time
- Help young people face daily challenges
- Offer young people opportunities to consider new career paths and acquire much-needed economic skills and knowledge
Hear about positive experiences from some of our mentors…
“At first I was very nervous and I didn’t really think it would be very rewarding, and didn’t really think I could be effective. However, now I realize how little it really takes for these kids to get something from me, and now I look forward to it every week and try to encourage all my co-workers to get involved.”
“While it is a great feeling to give back to my community, it is even more rewarding to see the direct impact mentoring has on individual lives, mentors and mentees alike. To be able to be a positive role model in a child’s life, who may not have one otherwise, is a feeling unparalleled for everyone involved. My experience mentoring has inspired me to dedicate the rest of my life to helping and educating others, who I hope in turn, will continue to pay forward the wonderful gift of mentoring in the future.” Michael Larson, OSU Outstanding Mentor 2007
“It’s a great feeling knowing you’re making a positive impact in their lives.”
Become a MAGIC Mentor Community Partner
• Offer community field trips or “soft skills” session to students
• Make a Donation- Support Program Expenses, Field trips, enrichment activities, educational tools & supplies, family socials, etc.
email: Kelly Kaufman
Catholic Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization (Tax ID: 34-1318541). Donations are tax deductible as permitted by law