READY TO BECOME A MENTOR?

 

The overall purpose of the Pueblo Mentoring Collaborative is to build on current resources and address gaps in mentoring by building a community-wide system for communication and engaging, supporting and sustaining quality mentoring for Pueblo youth, young adults and families.

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What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is defined as a trusting relationship where a supportive individual provides support, guidance, and encouragement to a youth. Mentors are committed to developing a relationship with the mentee(s) that helps the mentee(s) reach their potential and transition successfully into adulthood. Common types of structured mentoring include group, peer, and one-to-one mentoring. Mentoring programs can also have specific goals including academic achievement, career preparation or behavior modification.

How does mentoring make a difference? 

Although mentors can fill any number of different roles, all mentors have the same goal in common: to help young people achieve their potential and discover their strengths. A mentor’s main purpose is to help a young person define individual goals and find ways to achieve them. Since the expectations of each individual will vary, the mentor’s job is to encourage the development of a flexible relationship that responds to both the mentor’s and the mentee’s needs.
By sharing fun activities and exposing a youth to new experiences, a mentor encourages positive choices, promotes high self-esteem, supports academic achievement, and introduces the young person to new ideas.

What are the requirements for becoming a mentor?

  • Be at least 18 years old (some programs may require applicant to be at least 21 years old)
  • Be committed to for a certain amount of hours of mentoring (programs vary on commitment)
  • Commitment and consistency to the mentoring relationship(s)
  • Applicants will be screened
  • Special requirements may vary by program

Mentoring helps youth, young adults and families succeed in school, work and life. Mentoring relationships that last for more than a year show higher outcomes for youth.
Youth who have had mentors set higher educational goals and are more likely to attend college than youth without mentors.
95% of youth who had a formal mentoring relationship said their mentoring experience was “helpful” and 86% of youth with a mentor said they were interested in becoming a mentor.

Upcoming Events

Pueblo #ThankYourMentor Day: In conjunction with National Mentoring Month, we will celebrate Pueblo #ThankYourMentor Day on Friday, January 29th. Has a mentor helped shape your life? Take a moment on this day to share your gratitude by sending a card, text or email; making a phone call; or posting on social media. Be sure to use the hashtags #ThankYourMentor and #PuebloMentors to join the local and national conversation. We hope you’ll share your appreciation with the people in your life who’ve inspired and encouraged you!

Power Hour Mentor Development Series: Join us during the lunch hour for these free training sessions for mentors, brought to you in part by the Pueblo Department of Public Health & Environment and the YWCA of Southern Colorado. Please click below for a calendar listing and meeting details.

Monthly Meetings: We meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Please click below for a calendar listing and meeting details. If you are interested in attending, please contact Tanya Simental, PMC Coordinator (719-647-0445).

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Mentoring Program Directory

One of the primary goals of CMP is to provide a program directory that connects local mentoring efforts and share access to programs in the Pueblo area. Feel free to contact these programs on your own for more information.

 

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About the Collaborative

If you are interested in staying up to date with what’s going on with mentoring in Pueblo and Colorado or have a program, join our meetings every 3rd Thursday of the month. Check the Upcoming Events section for meeting details.

Contact Tanya Simental, PMC Coordinator
(719-647-0445) for more information.