How Does the Program Work?
Why We Do What We Do
Help transform a child’s life, be the change.
Sometimes, all an at-risk youth needs to change the trajectory of their life is a caring adult. Through the Precious Mentor program, you can be that caring person in a youths life. By spending a few hours a week with your mentee, you can help them grow academically, build needed social emotional skills and explore what their future could look like. The impact you make on your mentee will last you both a lifetime.
Did you know that 1 in 3 young people in America are growing up without a mentor outside their family? By growing the mentoring movement, we have a chance to
close the mentoring gap and increase young
people’s access to caring adults.
Mentoring has tangible effects. With a mentor,
young people are:
• 52% less likely to skip a day of school.
• 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in
• 130% more likely to hold a leadership
position in a club or sports team.
Our Mentorship Programs
Middle school mentees are matched with a High School mentor. These peer-to-peer matches meet virtually to work on academic assignments and build relationship skills. Matches meet virtually once per week on either Monday or Wednesday afternoons from 3:45PM – 5:00PM for one academic year.
Community-Based Adult to Youth Mentorship
Youth mentees meet weekly with their adult mentor to develop social & emotional skills, work on academic achievement and learn about workforce readiness. Evidence-based curriculum will be utilized including activities from the Search Institute, lesson guides from SMARTS Executive Functioning program and Bring Your ‘A’ Game. Matches meet in the community and participate in different events and activities or meet virtually as needed. Matches are together for one year from date of matching with the option of continuing the relationship.
Precious Mentor’s Workforce Mentorship program matches Precious Perks Participants with Professionals in the workforce! These matches explore and maneuver work and career opportunities and help prepare for entrance into the professional world. Activities for these matches include interview practice, resume writing, workplace tours and more! Mentors and mentees are together for one year from the date of matching with opportunities for continuation.
How to Become a Mentor
Steps to Becoming a Mentor
Step 1: Attend A Precious Child’s Volunteer Orientation – Get to know A Precious Child and our organization. Here you will learn more about all of our programs, specifically our Precious Mentor Program.
Step 2: Initial Interview – Once you attend orientation and are ready to continue with becoming a mentor, you will set up an initial phone interview with Precious Mentor staff so you can get to know the program and staff more. If you are still interested after this call, staff will send you an application link to apply.
Step 3: Apply – When you receive your application link, you will fill it out and submit it for staff approval.
Step 4: Background and Fingerprint Check – Included in your application link email, there will be information regarding a background and fingerprint check. We ask that you complete the background check form and schedule your fingerprint check for as soon as possible.
Step 5: Approval and Training – Once your background check, fingerprint check and references come back clean; we will let you know you have been selected to be a mentor! You will be expected to attend training at A Precious Child before the matching process starts.
Step 6: Matching – After you complete training, we will start looking to match you with a mentee based on your application and interview. Once we find a mentee, we will be in touch with you to confirm the match. We will then set up a match meeting with the mentee and their parent/guardian.
Step 7: Support – Precious Mentor staff will check-in with you every other week for your first few months then move to monthly check-ins! Staff is there to offer support when needed and provide guidance.
How long does it take to get matched?
Our Precious Mentor program works to make matches that are intentional, meaning we are looking for similar interests, geographic location and personalities. We are hoping to match within two months of you being fully trained.
How many times do I meet with my mentee?
You will meet with your mentee each week for an entire year. These meetings will be 2-3 hours long and will almost all in person meetings. Depending on special circumstances, there is the option to meet virtually.
Will I be supported?
For the first three months you are matched, you will have bi-weekly check-ins with a Precious Mentor staff. These are for you to talk about your match, ask questions and get advice on how to better work with your mentee. After three months, check-ins will be monthly and/or as needed.
What activities do I do with my mentee?
You and your mentee can do countless activities! We suggest finding free events in your community as well as utilizing free resources in Colorado! You can go to sporting events, try a new restaurant, go to the library, and more! Precious Mentor staff can help find activities in your area but asking your mentee what they want to do will give you the best ideas!
Are there any trainings for mentors?
As a mentor, you will participate in an initial three-hour training. Precious Mentor staff will be offering additional trainings throughout the year, some will be required and some will be optional. If there is something you want more guidance on, please let staff know!
For more information, contact Elisa@APreciousChild.org