PEAK Mentorship Program

Funded through a grant from the National Recreation and Parks Association, our mission is to enable youth to develop positive relationships with caring adults.

Our vision is to help children develop healthy, strong relationships and negate adverse childhood experiences.
 

Goals of this program include:

  1. Train youth program mentors in evidence-based mentorship program using curriculum and resources from the National MENTOR program. 

  2. Host weekly after school skate program, eSports program and other opportunities for engagement with nature and opportunities for physical activity in city owned parks and facilities. 

  3. Recruit mentees through active engagement and availability at above after school programs and through referrals from schools and community agencies. 

Evaluate and monitor mentorship programs and grow and develop with learned knowledge and experience. 

Youth Mentoring Program Framework

Support – young people need to be surrounded by people who love, care for, appreciate, and accept them.

Week 1: Intro/Setting the Stage

Week 2: Positive Communication Skills

Week 3: Service to Others

Week 4: Safety

Week 5: Family/School/Neighborhood Boundaries

Week 6: Adult Role Models

Week 7: Positive Peer Influence

Week 8: High Expectations

Week 9: Creative Activities

Week 10: Youth Programs

Week 11: Achievement Motivation and School Engagement

Week 12: Homework Help and Reading for Pleasure

Week 13: Honesty and Responsibility

Week 14: Decision Making, Substance Abuse Education and Resistance Skills and Conflict Resolution

Week 15: Personal Power and Self-Esteem

Week 16: Wrap Up/Closure

One-on-One Mentoring

Mentors and mentees will meet for one hour on a weekly basis. One-on-one mentoring will occur for one full year. Together, matches will discuss the theme of that week and/or any relevant topic specific to the mentee. This may include: homework, school, the community, family, friends, sports, etc. Ongoing academic support will also be available to the mentee. The pair will also be encouraged to participate in a relationship-building activity or event that is important to the mentee. The main purpose is to develop and strengthen the bond between the mentor and mentee by allowing for direct, one-on-one time.

Group Activities may include:

    • Outdoor activities

    • Hiking

    • Nature walks

    • Navigation exercise

    • Geo-catching

    • Fishing

    • Swimming

    • Gardening/planting trees and/or flowers

    • Team sports and games – tag, soccer, basketball, kickball, relay race

    • Field sports

    • Basketball

    • Dodgeball

    • Relay race

    • Scavenger hunt

    • Hopscotch

    • Jump rope v Cultural activities v Nutrition education activities

    • Social-emotional learning v Bullying prevention

    • Substance/opioid use prevention o Operation Prevention

    • STEM/STEAM activities

    • Arts and crafts

    • Community service projects

    • Cleaning up a park

    • Send a thank you letter to a service member

    • Create care packages for the homeless

    • Visit residents in a nursing home

    • Help out at an animal shelter

    • Do yard work for a neighbor

    • Donate clothes/items to a shelter or Goodwill

    • Take treats and cards to thank first responders

    • Team building activities

    • Mental health awareness

    • Suicide prevention

    • Workforce training and related skills

To become a mentor, start with this training: CLICK HERE

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Resources for mentors:

https://www.nrpa.org/our-work/partnerships/initiatives/mentoring-in-parks-and-rec/nrpas-youth-mentoring-framework/

https://www.mentoring.org/

As a reminder, we ask that you each attend two trainings per year in addition to your initial training. Please let us know if you participate in any of these so we can reflect that in your record!

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youth.gov is the U.S. government website that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news.

https://youth.gov/section/training-resources?page=1

Building Relationships: A Guide for New Mentors https://educationnorthwest.org/sites/default/files/resources/building_relationships.pdf

Building Relationships: A Guide for New Mentors https://educationnorthwest.org/sites/default/files/resources/building_relationships.pdf

iv Generic Mentoring Program Policy and Procedure Manual—Much of the success of a mentoring program is dependent on the structure and con-sistency of service delivery, and this guide provides advice and a custom-

educationnorthwest.org

For more information, contact Shannon at elizabethtonmentors@outlook.com.

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