Community starts with you. Build change. Be a mentor.
Children of Promise One-on-One Mentoring serves elementary through high school-aged youth in Johnson and Linn Counties. We connect vulnerable children with positive adult role models who help them rise above life’s obstacles to achieve their dreams. One-on-one Mentoring provides opportunities for mentees to gain new skills and interests, and expand experiences beyond circles of family, school, and neighborhood. Not only do our children benefit from the friendships of their mentors, but our volunteers gain life-changing new perspectives. The rewards are endless!
Our volunteer mentors work to instill hope in our young people, building their self-esteem and reminding them that a brighter future is in store. Mentors must be at least 18-years-old, commit to at least one year of mentoring and four hours of time per month. Mentors must also successfully complete basic background checks. Good mentors do not try to take the role of the parent, but instead act as a trusted friend, guide, and positive influence for mentees.
Our mentees have a parent or guardian involved in correctional services such as prison, probation, or parole. Some children may be involved in the juvenile justice system. As part of the Community Corrections Improvement Association, our goal is to break the cycle of family incarceration by working to instill assets in youth that help them overcome life-challenges. The results are amazing. Our Children of Promise consistently show increased confidence, decreased behavior problems, and lower unexcused school absences.
Children of Promise youth mentors receive training and ongoing support from our dedicated staff. We’re here to help!
I don’t have time to be a mentor. Mentees can help you run errands, make supper, tend the garden, whatever is on your to-do list. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how easy and fulfilling it is to welcome your mentee into your day. Your gift of quality time and friendship is what matters most.
It takes money to be a mentor. The corridor is full of free or low cost activities, and we’ll keep you informed of fun opportunities going on throughout your community. We also offer small gift cards to help cover costs for qualifying volunteers. Children of Promise often hosts activity nights, offering matches the chance to meet each other and hang out as a group.
I don’t want to volunteer alone. That’s o.k. We welcome couples and friends to share their time with our children as a team!
These are “bad kids.” These are kids with tremendous potential to succeed, and are involved in Children of Promise because they want to be, not because they have to be. You can be the bridge that helps a child reach their very best.
The “criminal” ties make me nervous. Over 60% of federal prisoners and 55% of state prisoners are parents of children under the age of 18. Everyone wants what’s best for their kids, including those parents in prison. Statistics show that children of incarcerated parents are more likely to be involved in the penal system if no form of intervention takes place. You can be the influence that helps a child realize they are not defined by imprisonment.
Mentors change lives!
What are you waiting for? Join our team today!
Cedar Rapids area mentors-to-be, click here to access the Linn County mentor application.
Iowa City area mentors-to-be, click here to access the Johnson County mentor application.
Click here to download our One-on-One Mentoring Program brochure.