Our Four Cornerstones
Our main objective is to provide supportive and meaningful mentoring relationships to the youth of Carlton County. To achieve this, we created four parts to our mentoring program.
#1 PEER MENTORING
We work with the high schools and colleges to both mentor and tutor our mentees one-on-one. Many of the mentees can relate to the youth of their mentor. The mentor isn’t viewed as another authority figure, but as a positive role model and friend.
#2 ADULT MENTORING
Here we match volunteers in the community with a mentee. They participate in one-to-one mentoring and build a positive relationship with the mentee. Both with adult and peer mentoring, we ask the mentor to commit for twelve months, and meet at least once a week for an hour. The mentor and mentee sign a contract with each other and then begin their journey.
#3 FACILITATORS, SOCIAL WORKERS, PROBATION OFFICERS MENTORING YOUTH
This can work a couple different ways. The youth of one of these professionals may request to have a mentor or not one at all. These professionals can go on outings with their clients, build relationships, and act as the mentor in some cases through REACH But if the youth requests to have a mentor, they get to participate with both their professional worker and their mentor.
#4 GROUP MENTORING
Mainly, this is where adult mentors and peer mentors bring their mentees and we all participate in a group activity. This is also targeted to those mentees who are on a waiting list and not matched with a mentor yet allowing them to still be able to participate in the program. As it is with most of our mentoring, REACH covers the expense for everything. This way there are not burdens placed on our mentors or families of the mentees.
In past years, the youth activities have included recreational, social, and service-based endeavors. Group activities have included white water rafting, snowboarding, hockey games, high-ropes course, movies, bowling, and all different kinds of sports. To ensure our youth has time to develop relationships, we also include social activities like game nights, picnics, team building activities, and one-to-one time with mentors. Finally, we encourage our youth to embrace service-based activities. Our three most successful are United Way of Carlton County’s Day of Action, REACH Fundraisers, and Carlton’s Suicide Awareness Walk.