Availability: As determined by the individual mentor/mentee.
Fees: This program has no fees. Referrals only.
What is the Strive Mentoring Program?
The purpose of the Strive Mentoring Program is to link youth (ages 10-17) identified by the Wayne County Juvenile Court with a caring adult that can serve as a supportive individual and help them deal with various life challenges including but not limited to social/emotional, academic, personal growth and development. The mentoring relationship is meant for positive impact as well as decreasing recidivism.
Why Wayne County?
What qualities are we looking for in a Mentor?
We would like to invite individuals in good standing who desire to impact the life of a youth to apply for our program and be apart of a community effort to impact Wayne County. Our hope at Catholic Charities is to build intentional, meaningful relationships with Strive Mentors through support and guidance so they may effectively pour into their Strive Mentee.
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
Strive Mentor Responsibilities
- Meet with mentee twice a month for a minimum of four (4) hours a month (ex. mentoring time can be once a week, for 1 hour). Included in the four hours is a monthly group outing for two hours, which will be coordinated and paid for by Catholic Charities.
- Mentors must be at least 22 years of age or older
- Document mentoring sessions
- Maintain communication with Strive Mentoring Program Coordinator
- Participate in quarterly trainings
- Ensure the use of proper boundaries, ethical practices and youth safety
- Maintain appropriate car insurance as set to the program minimum requirements
Ready to become a Strive Mentor?
If you feel like this a step in the right direction for you regarding your desire to have an impact on Wayne County, then please start your process by following these next steps:
- Click this link to fill out a volunteer application
- Under “Volunteer Interests,” find “Mentor” and then click on the box for “Wayne – Strive Mentoring Program“
- Once your application is completed, you will be contacted by Catholic Charities for an interview
- Once approved, you will be scheduled a one-time only, 6-hour Strive Mentor Training with lunch being provided, along with other great incentives for participating!
Contact the Program Coordinator, Joshua Kirksey, at 330-317-0236 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org