Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring

Mentors, your supportive role in in the lives of our kids is more important now than ever before. In this time of social distancing, it's imperative for you and your mentee to stay connected

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Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring is committed to keeping our Mentors, Mentees, Families, Employees and Supporters healthy and safe. We continue to take steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Effective now:

- Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring staff will work remotely until April 6 (at minimum).
- Program functions, including Volunteer Interviews, Youth/Parent Interviews, and Match Introductions, will take place via video, web conference, or phone through April 6 (at minimum). (However, there will be a formal match introduction meeting prior to the match being allowed to meet in-person, when that is possible again)
- All match activities and agency events are canceled through April 6 (at minimum).
- Mentors and Mentees are to avoid in-person match outings until April 6 (at minimum).

- Matches are encouraged to contact one another via phone, video call, email, gaming counsel, or any other way that makes sense for your unique situation.

 As always, stay informed and continue to follow the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations for preventing the spread of illness.

SPARE-A-LITTLE FOR KIDS BOWLING EVENT - POSTPONED

We at Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring are monitoring the rapidly unfolding coronavirus news and are committed to making decisions that will ensure the safety of our staff, partners, volunteers and the community at large. We are talking with local health department officials and are watching www.coronavirus.ohio.gov for the latest information from the Ohio Department of Health.

It is with heavy hearts that we are postponing or Annual Spare-a-Little for Kids Bowling Fundraiser that was scheduled for  March 21st, at Lex Lanes.

We so appreciate all of you who were planning to attend and support our organization, and everyone that has already supported us through your sponsorships. Rest assured, we will still have this beloved event at a later date this year, so watch for more information to come to you soon. 

 Stay safe out there, and thank you again for your support,

SPARE-A-LITTLE BOWLING REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN!! 

Click here to Register your team - date to be determined! Bowling Team Registration

Sponsors for SPARE-A-LITTLE click here! 

Looking for more ways to get involved?  Volunteer today!

    ~ giving as little as 4 hours per month can impact a child's life forever


Serving Richland, Ashland & Crawford Counties - Formerly known as Big Brothers Big Sisters

More info about the reason for our name changeclick here to download a FAQ sheet

Our Need...
There are currently more than 65 kids in our community waiting to be matched to a mentor. These children are referred to our agency by a variety of sources (schools, parents, counselors, etc...) and each one needs a caring adult mentor willing to spend just a little bit of time with them each month. Someone who is willing to talk to them, listen to what they have to say, recognize the child's inner potential and nurture it. It is this kind of relationship and time that can redirect the course of a child's future. It can be done without spending lots of time or money. If you have 4 hours per month that you spend doing fun, or even what you consider mundane, everyday activities, and are able to take a child along with you for company, you could impact that child's life. Please help us change the way children grow up in our community.

The Mission...
The Mission of Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring, Inc., is to provide youth in our community with a mentor that supports, encourages, and provides opportunities, that will help them achieve success in life.

The Vision...
The Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring vision is that all children have the help they need to succeed in life.

Accountability - We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving:

  • Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
  • Avoidance of risky behaviors
  • Educational success

Our Vision, Mission & Accountability helps us focus on:

What We Do:  We work within the community to engage with families, volunteers and donors to serve our communities youth.  We create and professionally support; safe, strong, and enduring mentoring relationships.

What We Achieve:  We achieve measurable outcomes for each youth served in the following key areas:

  • Educational Success – youth attends school, performs better and is more likely to graduate.
  • Attitudes & Competencies – youth has higher aspirations, gains confidence to overcome challenges, and improves relationships with others.
  • Risky Behavior Avoidance – youth avoids risky behaviors, delinquency and involvement with the juvenile justice system.

Why It Matters:  Our work positively impacts individuals and communities.  Matched with a screened, trained and professionally supported volunteer, the youth served by Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring, will become responsible productive citizens and will be able to achieve lifelong success.  Ultimately, this will be a benefit to our local families, communities, schools, and businesses.