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Bethany Christian Services Youth Mentor Program

Bethany Christian Services is in need of volunteer mentors to be matched in one-to-one mentor relationships with children and youth
Underwriting support from:

Specific areas of need for male mentors include:

  • Mentor for a 12-year-old Caucasian male who enjoys the outdoors, animals, and art and struggles staying motivated in school
  • Mentor for a 12-year-old African American male who like sports, skating, and video games. This mentor is ideally 30+ years old with a thick skin who is active, engaging, can model positive actions/behavior, and is willing to deal with a delinquent history.
  • Mentor for a 19-year-old Caucasian male who has aged out of foster care and would benefit from having a mentor who is a positive role model, sociable, and willing to assist with finding a job/building a resume, etc.
  • Mentor for a 16-year-old African American male who can assist with employment skills and is willing to spend quality time together playing sports, fishing, and other outdoor activities

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Bethany Christian Services mentoring program serves three youth populations: Domestic Foster Care, Refugee, and Youth Services (for youth transitioning out of foster care). Currently, we have more than 40 children and youth who have requested mentors and are waiting to be matched. Mentors within our program serve as positive role models who are willing to offer a listening ear and spend quality time with their mentee. The program is community-based, meaning that match activities take place out in the community. Activities might consist of going to the park, working on homework at the library, going out to eat, or other fun/educational activities in the local community. We ask that mentors commit to spending at least four hours per month with their mentee for at least one year. Also, individuals who are interested must be 18 years of age, have reliable transportation, and go through background checks prior to being matched with a youth. We have an especially high need for male mentors!

Visit our website at http://www.bethany.org/grandrapids/will-you-help to learn more and watch our mentoring videos.

If interested in changing a life through mentoring, contact
[email protected] or (616) 224-7438.

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