Where do the kids come from?
Mentees are referred to IYM from school counselors, parents/guardians, social service agents, other referral partners or by word of mouth.
How often do I get to see my mentee?
We ask that you meet at least twice a week or a minimum of 4-6 hours. If you want to meet more that is great but it all depends on schedules.
What are some activities we can do together?
Walk in the park, a picnic, museums, hiking, biking, sporting events, IYM scheduled events such as, summer BBQ, archery, rock climbing, swimming parties, Harvest fest, and much more. Whatever you and the child like to do. It is always good to try new things together. We have a list of ideas for you.
How long is the relationship to last?
We ask for a one year commitment for both parties involved.
How much money do I need to spend?
The quality of time invested with your mentee is more important than the amount of money you spend. That’s why we don’t encourage spending a lot of money on your outings. The goal of the relationship is to help him/her see the world through a different lens so you can inspire him/her to become something they never thought possible.
What kind of support can I expect from IYM?
Once you are matched with your mentee, you will be set up with a match support person. Their role is to encourage, support and help with any questions or concerns you may have. They are to check in with you once a month for the first few months then every other after the relationship is off to a good start. You can always the office as well to speak with one of our staff members.
How long does the process take to get matched?
It is usually a quick process from the time you fill out application, have your meeting with an IYM staff person we will then review all youth profiles to find the best possible match based on interests, background and any special needs.
We will send you the selected profile to look over, If you accept our choice, we inform the child that we have a mentor selected for them. If the child agrees then we will set up the first meet & greet, at our office. This meeting is between the parent/guardian, the child, the mentor and our Program Director.
Can I bring my spouse, a friend or family member on outings?
In the beginning it’s important for you and your mentee to get to know each other. This can happen best on a one-to-one basis. However, over time it’s also valuable for your mentee to get to know the people who are important to you. Just keep in mind that if you’re spending lots of time with others, your mentee may begin to feel jealous or neglected. The main focus is the friendship you develop with your mentee and the impact you have on his/her life.
Will I become a replacement parent?
No, mentees have a parent or guardian in their life already. What they need is a mentor to spend quality, one-on-one time with them. Someone to have fun with, someone they can confide in, someone like you!