GOODGUIDES™ YOUTH MENTORING
Are you a good listener?
Make a difference: become a mentor!
We Work With YOU:
GoodGuides matches youth ages 14 to 17 with caring, accessible role models. We focus on recruiting young people who are at risk of delinquency.
How It Works:
Goodwill partners with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, DHS, Life Church, Next Step Mentoring and Central OK Humane Society to provide a positive adult role-model for at-risk youth. Through these partnerships, our students learn to develop positive relationships, which will reduce delinquent behaviors and improve their success towards high school graduation. GoodGuides is one of few programs that works with teenagers to develop positive relationships and to set attainable goals that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
We provide career training, help with school work, life skills education, and a safe place for students to learn. The students also participate in service learning activities that encourage them to give back to the community, and educate them on the benefits of volunteerism and charitable work.
Do you want to make a difference in the life of a young person by helping them with a hand up, not a hand out? Our program cannot run without volunteers and we are looking for adults to help be champions for our students. People looking to support our mentoring program can donate to Goodwill under the GoodGuides youth mentoring name. We also accept food donations for our after school activities and summer programs.
Looking for something more hands-on? We are always looking for mentors! Becoming a mentor is not all about giving. As a GoodGuide Mentor, you receive: satisfaction in helping someone mature, progress and achieve their goals; personal growth through training sessions and group activities; personal ongoing support and supervision to help the match succeed; group activities, complimentary tickets to community events and recognition events; access to the services and resources at Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma, Inc.
Our mentoring program has open enrollment for mentors. Taft Middle School, Northwest iden High School, and Emerson Alternative School are currently our active mentoring sites.
Mentors are required to be above the age of 21 and be able to pass a background check. Mentors are required to provide their own transportation and be willing to meet either in a group setting or one-on-one student/mentor setting for a minimum of 4 hours a month-- that's just one hour per week!
Ashleigh Gibson, GoodGuides Program Manager