Community Based Mentoring

 

One Hour a Week Can Make a HUGE Difference

Community-based Mentoring is the traditional Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring relationship. It’s all about the time spent with the volunteer and the young person doing things they enjoy — a few hours a couple times a month filled with shared interests and activities like:

  • Shooting hoops
  • Playing a board game
  • Sharing a pizza
  • Taking a walk in the park
  • Or just hanging out and talking.

The schedule can be flexible to meet the needs of mentors and young people in different kinds of situations. Some mentors meet their child on the weekend or in the evening. Others get together with their mentees after school. There’s almost no one so busy that they can’t find a way to fit in a few hours a month.


Especially When They Learn What a Difference Mentoring Makes.

National and state statistics show that children who are mentored are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and peers, and less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol. Students who are successful in school are less likely to drop out, become pregnant, abuse drugs or become involved in criminal activity.

Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring utilizes a Program Outcome Evaluation Survey that has been developed by the national mentoring agencies. These evaluations are utilized across the country and help us measure the effectiveness of our programs.We were able to complete evaluations with 94% of the eligible matches locally (those who have been matched for more than 6 months). The results are astounding, and well above the nationally reported average. The evaluations are completed by the volunteer mentors, the teachers and the parents of the children involved. The evaluations rate the children based on what the volunteer and/or teacher/parent has observed over the past 6 to 12 months. The evaluations measure progress the child has made. The results for us here locally are listed in the table below:

Program Outcome Evaluation Data for Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring from 2014-2016:

Program Outcome Evaluation Elements

% worse

% no change

% better

Self confidence

2.1%

14.7%

83.2%

Able to express feelings

2.1%

20.1%

77.8%

Academic performance

7.3%

30.1%

62.6%

Attitude toward school

5.1%

33.7%

61.2%

Able to avoid delinquency and substance abuse

4.0%

31.0%

65.0%

Shows trust toward you (parent or volunteer)

1.1%

21.5%

77.4%

Relationship with family

7.0%

32.2%

60.8%

Relationship with peers

2.5%

28.2%

69.3%

 

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