One-on-One Mentoring serves Johnson and Linn Counties and matches one youth with one caring, adult mentor. Youth are eligible for this program if they have a parent, guardian, or significant family member incarcerated, on parole, on probation, or with a history of any of these things. Youth are also eligible if they have a Juvenile Courts Record. Mentors must be 18 years old and commit to one year of mentoring for one hour each week in addition to completing basic background checks.
One-on-one mentoring provides opportunities for mentees to gain new skills and interests and expand their experiences beyond their families, schools, and neighborhoods. Successful mentors do not try to take the role of the parent, but act as a trusted friend, guide, and role model for mentees. Mentors and mentees meet in a variety of locations where they engage in community activities, service or friendship, independently of the program.