We all have special people throughout our lives who make the road less rocky. Someone to show you the way with a kind word. That amazing teacher who knew you could figure out geometry, even when you didn’t think you could. Those people were our mentors.
Now it’s your turn.You could be the one who gives a hand to a child that just needs a little help to succeed, someone to hang out with, have some fun and listen.Being a mentor is one of the most rewarding thing you will ever do.And it’s easy, really.Best Friends of Neenah Menasha has at least 60 kids on the waiting list. What are you waiting for?
Our team will help you through the process and assist in matching you with a child that shares your interests. These are the steps to becoming a hero to a child:
Complete an application including an authorization for background and police checks.
Learn the specifics of the program you are interested in during our 30 minute screening interview.
Provide information about your availability and interests during our 45 minute home visit.*
Discuss profiles of children our program managers think would be a good match for you.
Meet your new Young Friend during our match meeting, and begin your journey together. Hero status confirmed!
*A home visit is not required for Lunch and After School Mentoring.
Contact us with any questions.
If you agree with our mission of helping kids thrive, please consider sponsoring an event or activity. Any generous individual, business, church or community group can help underwrite an activity for our mentor matches or children waiting for a Best Friend mentor. It’s a terrific way for businesses to volunteer as a group. In addition, we offer event sponsorship opportunities throughout the year. Contact us to talk about partnership opportunities.
And we couldn’t do this important work without the advocacy shown for youth mentoring by many local businesses and foundations. The investment in kids by our community is amazing. To see a list of funders for 2017 click here to view our 2017 Appreciation Report.
Join us and help kids! Throughout the year, we could use volunteer help for a variety of fun and fulfilling activities and events. The best way to keep informed about our volunteer opportunities is to join our mailing list here. We can’t wait to meet you!
We have an after school mentoring program held at Neenah High School on Monday’s from October-April, from 3:30pm-4:30pm. High School students stay after school one hour and mentor an elementary school student. During their time together, matches enjoy a snack, play board games, create art projects, work on homework or play games in the hallways of Neenah High.
This volunteer role is overseen by the Best Friends Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator will lead the program and the volunteer will help with facilitating various responsibilities.
The volunteer will be in charge of attendance and supervision in his/her identified classroom. A classroom can have anywhere from 12-15 matches that need to be checked in and supervised. At the end of the program volunteer will be in charge of their own bus line and getting the students onto the bus.
When the program concludes each week, the volunteer will be expected to help clean up all program supplies between 4:30-5pm.
-Dedicated availability on Monday’s from mid-October 2019– April 2020 from 3pm-5pm.
-Must be at least 18 years old.
-Ability to be assertive with a classroom of high school and elementary students. Speak loudly and be confident while working with the youth. (This position is not ideal for someone who is shy or fearful of giving directions or being in front of a classroom of youth.)
-Pass our background check and interview.
-Have a valid driver’s license.
Could your child use a little extra help? Maybe someone to spend time with, learn from and be a supportive friend? We’d like to talk with you about how our mentoring programs might help.
Kids with mentors are often more active, do better in school and develop more confidence.Activities that a mentor might introduce to your child depend of their interests, and could include going to a sporting event, playing board games, reviewing homework or just hanging out. Mentors become another positive role model and can have a lasting effect on your child’s life.