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BECOME A MENTOR

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. 

1 in 3 young people will grow up without having a mentor

– 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. 

Why Mentor?

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.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD MENTOR

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:


  • A sincere desire to be involved with a young person
  • Respect for young people
  • Active listening skills
  • Empathy
  • Ability to see solutions and opportunities
  • Flexibility

BENEFITS

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:


  • Have fun
  • Achieve personal growth and learn more about themselves
  • Improve their self-esteem and feel they are making a difference
  • Gain a better understanding of other cultures and develop a greater appreciation for diversity
  • Feel more productive and have a better attitude at work
  • Enhance their relationships with their own children


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.

GET STARTED

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:


  • What time commitment can I make?
  • What age girl would I like to work with?
  • Would I like to work with one child or with a group of children?
  • Would I like to team with other adults to mentor a child or a group of children?
  • What  types of activities interest me? Do I want to help a youth learn a  specific skill, pursue an interest, help with schoolwork, or just be a  caring adult friend?
  • What mentoring location would I prefer?


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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