The mission of The Blossom Center’s Mentor Program is to bring enthusiastic, dedicated, caring adult members of our community and unite them with youth in need. We aim to provide someone who can be a friend, who will encourage and support them through the various transitions in their life, help instill confidence, the importance of education, and everyday life skills they will need — and ultimately to build long lasting relationships.
How Do Mentors Help?
Children guided by positive role models are more likely to improve their academic performance, make better decisions, have more self-confidence, and a sense of belonging.
How do I get started?
The next step is to fill out an application form and pass a background check and drug test. Once these steps have been completed, selected volunteers will participate in a 4 hour trauma training program. This training focuses on trauma informed care and issues specific to our youth.
To participate in the program, in addition to the above, you must meet the following criteria.
- Sign a confidentiality agreement.
- Participate in the New Mentor Training.
- Agree to record the times and dates of each contact and submit that report monthly.
- Attend at least 4 group events or activities per year.
- Agree to be a mentor, or to be available as a mentor, for a period of no less than 1 year. Once matched, must agree to contact their mentee at least 4 times per month. We will have substitutes in case of vacations, health issues, etc.