Group mentoring has the potential to have a powerful impact on youth and supports a positive, safe and inclusive environment. Mentoring relationships create a system of support and belonging for youth. Mentoring programs can have other positive effects on the lives of mentees such as increased self-efficacy; improved social skills and behavior; positive attitude toward peers and school; strengthened relationships with parents; and exposure to healthy coping mechanisms.
The Girls Inc. Bold Futures Mentoring Project in Santa Paula combines volunteer mentors, professional staff, Project BOLD and other research-based programming to help girls ages 9-14 engage in school, build healthy relationships, and reduce risky behaviors. Girls will spend dedicated time each week in small mentoring groups with female leaders that provide them with the skills and knowledge needed to counter stereotypes and obstacles and achieve their goals.
To develop a supportive relationship with a group of participants to promote and improve academic achievement, healthy behaviors, social skills, goal setting, and career awareness.
Who are the Mentees?
The Mentoring Project is designed to primarily serve 5th-8th grade girls (ages 9-14) from varying socioeconomic levels with personal and community-based risk factors.
Become a Mentor!
As a part of the Girls Inc. BOLD FUTURES Mentoring Program, you will have the opportunity to build relationships with 4-5 girls. In your small mentoring group, girls will get to connect with you to partake in fun activities, discuss challenges in their life, and to grow individually.
As a BOLD FUTURES Mentors you will…
- Be trained in the Girls Inc. Experience;
- Meet with your small group weekly;
- Build an impacting relationship with your mentees; and
- Inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold!
- Positive and enthusiastic attitude
- Ability to maintain healthy boundaries
- Compassionate and genuine
- Active listener
Mentors Still Needed for School Year 2016-2017. Recruitment for next year will begin in June.
Click here to download and complete the application to become a mentor.
For more information about Bold Futures, contact Vanessa Rodriguez.