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 2018-2019. Recruitment is currently open.
The mentor program begins Monday, October 22, 2018 and will end Friday, May 31, 2019. Mentors will be required to meet with their small group one day a week for a total of 1.5 hours. Online training is available.
Click here to download and complete the application to become a mentor.
Monday 3:00-4:30 (Middle School Site)
Tuesday 3:00-4:30 (Elementary Site)
Wednesday 2:00-3:30 (Partner Program Grades 3-5)
Thursday 3:00-4:30 (Elementary School Site)
Friday 3:30-5:00 (Partner Program Grades 3-5)
November 12, 2018
November 19-23, 2018
December 24, 2018 – January 7, 2019
January 21, 2019
February 11, 2019
February 18, 2019
April 15-26, 2019
May 27, 2019
Tentative Engagement Events
Kick-Off Celebration: October 19, 2019, 6-7:30pm
Family Night” December 6, 2019, 6-7:30pm
Tentative Field Trip: December 15, 2018 (Time TBD)
Family and Mentor Night: March 15, 2019, 6-7:30pm
Closure Celebration: May 31, 2019, 6-7:30pm
For more information about Bold Futures, contact Yvana Velasco.