Youth Mentoring Program
A community-based youth mentoring program designed to encourage and support mutually beneficial, long-standing relationships between adult role models and children ages 6 to 18.
Experts in the field of child development, grief/bereavement and child safety have guided Tuesday’s Children to build a well-established and highly impactful Mentoring Program that can change the trajectory a child’s life. Mentors can offer advice, share life experiences, help a young person navigate challenges and have fun! Volunteers are recruited, screened, trained and managed by a professional staff to safeguard that every adult is committed to and qualified for playing an active role in the nurturing of a child. We will work with Gold Star families to ensure that both the parent and child are prepared for the commitment to the Mentoring Program. Matches between a mentor and a child are made based on common interests, personality traits and within a reasonable geographic distance.
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. Volunteers are asked to make a commitment of visiting with the child twice a month for at least a year. 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.
Mentors and mentees develop meaningful relationships with the support of Tuesday’s Children. The success of a mentoring experience depends on the contributions and commitment of everyone involved in the mentoring relationship; the organization, the parent/guardian, the mentee and the mentor.
Objectives include meeting bi-monthly for at least a year participating in activities for example; volunteering together, going to the theater, taking a walk, enjoy a movie or a meal; supporting the child in life goals and milestones; and being an advocate for the child and support the values of the parent/guardian.
“My mentee and I have had some amazing times together from playing wiffleball, having a catch, enjoying a meal and movie, to meeting some of the greatest athletes in the world. I joined the mentor program with Tuesday’s Children because I wanted to make a difference in a young child’s life. Little did I know it would make an even greater impact on mine. I am forever grateful for this program and our time spent together.”
– Ed Tseng, performance consultant, best-selling author, and most importantly mentor for Tuesday’s Children
“The mentoring wasn’t for me or my other children, it was to promote Van and Van only but we all benefitted from it. Any and all expectations exceeded by far from this baby step that turned into tremendous giant steps. So I thank you immensely Tuesday Childrens for bringing such a dynamic duo together, for giving hope, for inspiring, for caring, and for giving us that one small ingredient to make me realize that life was worth living again.”
– Parent showing her sincere appreciation for her son’s mentor