VERO BEACH — Youth Guidance celebrated National Mentoring Month with a Mix, Match & Mingle event held on Thursday, January 6 at the Boulevard Village and Tennis Club. King of the Hill tennis players and sponsors mingled with mentors and potential mentors as they all learned the importance of being a “friend” to a child. The Mixer allowed current volunteers to share their mentee success stories with the hopes of recruiting individuals to the program. A ‘Match & Mingle’ game gave everyone the opportunity to have some fun as they got to know one another. Youth Guidance introduced their new teen mentoring group as well as their community-based mentorships. The event also familiarized community members with Youth Guidance and their ever expanding programs, activities and services they offer the clients.
A Mentor Orientation Dinner will be held at the United Way Building, 1836 14th Avenue, Vero Beach, on Tuesday, January 18, from 5:30-7:00pm. There is no cost for the dinner but reservations are required.
This orientation session is an ideal opportunity for prospective and current Youth Guidance mentors to get the support and information for making mentoring relationships even more productive and rewarding. Topics include the mission and goals of the program, the responsibilities and rewards of mentors, program demographics and requirements, confidentiality and the qualities of successful mentors. The program explains practical techniques and discusses possible additional training opportunities.
If you think you might like to spend just two hours a week mentoring a Youth Guidance child, be sure to attend this orientation.
To make a reservation, call Piper at 772-226-3092.
For more information on volunteering, becoming a mentor or learning more about Youth Guidance, visit www.ircyouth.com or call 772-770-5040.