Women of the Dream’s Mentor Program targets 7th and 8th grade girls at three schools in Camden -Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy, Cream Family School, and Veterans Memorial Family School. A specialized mentor program targeting teen mothers will occur at Camden and Woodrow High Schools beginning in January 2018.
Responsible and caring adults provide group mentoring sessions at the school sites focusing on socially and culturally relevant topics. Our mentor program is funded by Wells Fargo Foundation, New Jersey Education Association, and Camden’s School-Based Youth Services Program.
For more information about becoming a mentor, please contact leslie morris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benefits of Mentoring
Support for education
- Mentors help keep students in school.
- Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip class.
- Mentors help with homework and can improve their mentees academic skills.
Support with day-to-day living
- Mentors help improve a young person’s self-esteem.
- Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking.
- About 40% of a teenager’s waking hours are spent without companionship or supervision. Mentors provide teens with a valuable place to spent time.
- Mentors teach young people how to relate well to all kinds of people and help them strengthen communication skills.
- Mentors provide exposure to new and different environments and lifestyles.
Support in the workplace
- Mentors can use their personal contacts to help young people meet industry professionals, find internships and locate job possibilities.
- Mentors introduce young people to professional resources and organizations they may not know.
- Mentors can help their mentees learn how to seek and keep jobs.
- Mentors help young people set career goals and start taking steps to realize them.