- What are the time expectations for this commitment?
As a mentor, you can expect to invest a minimum of 2 hours/week. Sometimes you may spend more time than that together, but two hours is a good estimate to plan on. Also, you will be asked to email our prayer coordinator once a month so that the prayer partners can be updated on how best to pray. Lastly, there are quarterly mentor only meetings that are designed to encourage and further equip you as a mentor. These are normally 2 hours with dinner included!
- What do most mentors and mentees do together?
At first mentoring seems to focus on what “activity” you will do…and there are many from which to choose. Bowling, skating, fishing, cooking, etc…are all fun things to do. You will be provided with a long list of suggestions and a card that gives you and your mentee discounts all over town! As time goes on, most of the matches just enjoy being together and it becomes a lot less about what you do and a lot more about just having time together.
- What do most mentors and mentees talk about?
Discussions can be about family, education, sports, drugs, violence, college, their future…or just what happened at school that day. At first it is just about building a friendship and as trust is built, you will find yourself engaged in great discussions about many aspects of life.
- How many matches are there currently?
There are 22 current matches that meet weekly. Over the course of 3 years, we have seen 39 teens enjoy a mentoring relationship before they either graduated or moved out of the city or state.
- Can I bring my mentee to church or to my home?
Yes…after the relationship has been built. Either of these can seem intimidating for some teens at first, but after a trusting friendship has been built, this can certainly be something you can do if the mentee is up for it. Some of the best times our mentors have with their mentees is just hanging out at their home.
- Are all of the mentees Christians?
Though many of them are, this is not a requirement. We are about reaching out and encouraging teens wherever they are at spiritually. Some don’t know much at all about Christ and desire to learn. Others already are Christians and want someone to model what it looks like to follow Christ better.