The Tuesday’s Children Youth Mentoring Program is designed to encourage and support mutually beneficial, long-standing relationships between adult role models and children ages 7 to 18. Having a mentor enables children to grow emotionally and socially, build resilience and develop coping skills while encouraging them to make healthy choices. Mentors and children have fun engaging in community-based activities twice a month. Tuesday’s Children schedules mentoring events to encourage group dynamics, team building and community service throughout the year. Tuesday’s Children’s Youth Mentoring Program has served nearly 200 children over the 12 years since September 11, 2001.
Tuesday’s Children identifies and recruits mentors through corporations, civic organizations and local media. All mentor candidates undergo thorough background and reference checks and, prior to being assigned, receive special training in childhood development and the stages of grief. We match every volunteer with a child who lives within a 30-minute radius of the volunteer’s home or office. They are asked to make a commitment of visiting with the child twice a month for at least a year but hopefully longer. Our Youth Mentoring Program was designed along with the National Mentoring Partnership and Dr. Jean Rhodes, a widely published expert on youth mentoring, who is also a consultant on the program.
Over 90% of children/adolescents asked, indicated that they felt listened to and cared about by their mentor and that they had developed a caring and trusting relationship with their mentor.
97% of parents reported that they believe the mentor provided a positive role model for their children.
"My relationship with my mentee, Rodney, is just the latest and greatest example of something Tuesday's Children has done for me. Not many people I know have 11-year olds who they consider friends, and even fewer of them have 11-year olds who they look up to and consider personal heroes. Rodney is that kind of guy; I'm lucky to know him." —Kevin Parks