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Want to make a difference? REACH is in search of mentors for young people

With a program coordinator position recently added to the REACH Mentoring Program, REACH is in search of more mentors to be matched with mentees to help expand the number of one-to-one matches they have within their program.

With a program coordinator position recently added to the REACH Mentoring Program, REACH is in search of more mentors to be matched with mentees to help expand the number of one-to-one matches they have within their program.

WHAT DOES A MENTOR DO?

A mentor provides support to a young person in the community age 8-18 years old who can benefit from the guidance, friendship and life experience of the mentor. Mentoring allows the individuals involved to share experiences and learn from them while building a supportive relationship over time. In the REACH program, the focus is on the youth in our community whose lives can be enriched through the guidance of an older, more experienced person.

HOW DO MENTEES GET INTO THE PROGRAM?

Mentees can be signed up by parents/guardians or referred by social workers, school counselors, family school support workers, children's mental health case managers, etc. As long as they are between the ages of 8 and 18 and live in or attend school in Carlton County, they are eligible to receive a mentor.

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WHO CAN BE A MENTOR?

REACH works with a wide range of mentors. They can be peer mentors (16-18 years old) and adult mentors (18-plus years old). A driver’s license is preferred. All mentors must complete a background check and attend a initial mentor training before being matched with a mentee.

WHAT’S THE COMMITMENT?

Mentors are required to meet with their mentee a minimum of three times a month for a period of 12 months. Mentors and mentees get to pick what days and times they want to meet as well as what activities they'd like to do. REACH provides a reimbursement stipend each month to help offset costs associated with mentoring activities for those who would like it.

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

Signing up is easy. Go online to www.reachmentoringprogram.com and fill out a mentor application. If you do not have access to the internet or a computer, telephone Anne at 218-451-0970 or Dakota at 218-499-4293 and apply in person.

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