Thank you for your interest in becoming a BUTTERFLY MENTOR with Raising Beautiful Butterflies Youth Mentoring Organization. Our volunteer opportunities encompass a wide range of interests, skills and goals, so find the opportunity that’s right for you. Mentors play a vital role in the healthy growth of all the young girls who attend our programs. We're constantly seeking WOMEN of VALUE, SELF-RESPECT, HUMOR, KINDNESS, COMPASSIONATE, FULL OF LOVE, and who have a healthy sense of one's own DIGNITY and INTEGRITY who are willing to make a firm commitment of their time and talents to our organization. All mentors who desire to work directly with our girls will be asked to have a formal interview with our Executive Director, attend mentor training, and a level II background screening will be conducted, depending on the capacity in which you will serve at RBB.
– either through a formal mentoring program or informally through a family friend or community member – leaving them disconnected from a critical resource to help with these very things.
Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Yet one in three young people will grow up without this critical asset.
Before becoming a mentor, here are a few things to understand about the role of mentoring. Most of us have had a teacher, supervisor, or coach who has been a mentor to us and made a positive difference in our lives. Those people wore many hats, acting as delegators, role models, cheerleaders, policy enforcers, advocates, and friends. Mentors assume these different roles during the course of a relationship, and share some basic qualities:
Mentoring relationships are a shared opportunity for learning and growth. Many mentors say that the rewards they gain are as substantial as those for their mentees, and that mentoring has enabled them to:
Above all, a good mentor is willing to take the time to get to know their mentee, to learn new things that are important to the young person, and even to be changed by their relationship.
You have made a wonderful and very important decision in choosing to become a mentor. If you’ve reached this conclusion, you’ve done enough research to have an idea how different each mentoring situation can be. Before you start to look at the programs that are available, think about and identify your own interests and needs. Finding a mentoring program you’re excited about and comfortable with can require some time and thought, but the good news is that there’s something for everyone. The following steps will help walk you through the process of choosing a mentoring program that is right for you. To help you decide which type of mentoring program you want, ask yourself the following questions:
While thinking about these questions, remember to be open and flexible to all the different mentoring programs and focus areas that are out there.
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Raising Beautiful Butterflies, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. EIN 82-1629664. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. All proceeds go directly into the operation of this organization to support the services and resources provided to girls in need.