A Mentor’s Role
Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship between young people and positive individuals who offer support and encouragement.
A mentor provides young people with counsel, friendship and reinforcement. Mentoring is aimed at developing the confidence, competence and character of the mentee.
Who Needs Mentors?
35.2 million young people in the United States today need Mentors.
- 1 out of 5 lives in poverty
- 1 out of 10 will not finish high school
About half of young Americans – 17.6 million young people – want or need caring, adult mentors to help them succeed in life.
Of those 17.6 million young people, 2.5 are in formal mentoring relationships.
That leaves 15.1 million youth in need of mentoring.
Benefits of Mentoring!
Research confirms that mentoring works! Young people who participate in mentoring relationships experience a number of positive benefits.
- Mentored youth have better attendance in school.
- Mentored youth have better attitudes towards school.
- Mentoring appears to help prevent substance abuse and reduce some negative youth behaviors.
- Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more and communicate better with them.
They also feel they get more emotional support from their friends.
In Fountain Hills, young people are waiting to be matched with mentors. Whether you have a little time to give or a lot, you can affect someone’s life in a positive way. By contributing one hour a week, during the school year (September – May), you can become a mentor and give back to the next generation.
3 simple steps and you can be well on your way.
- Complete The Fountain Hills Mentor Profile Form
- Attend the Orientation Training Session
- Start Mentoring!
All mentoring takes place on the school grounds, under the supervision and direction of the teachers and administrators at McDowell Mountain Elementary, Fountain Hills Middle School and Fountain Hills High School in Fountain Hills.
Mentors work with children in grades K-12.
Schedule a Presentation
The Fountain Hills Mentor Program believes that supporting our youth and educational institutions depends on community involvement. We are available to do presentations and trainings on Mentoring for groups of all sizes.
If you would like to arrange a presentation for your workplace, classroom, faith group, civic or any social organization, email us or please call 480-664-5262.
Make a Tax Deductible Donation
There are many ways you can assist the Fountain Hills Mentor Program. By making a donation, you will help support projects that will further expand the training and information resources for mentors. Every contribution is greatly appreciated and will be used in benefiting The Program. Please send your gift with the donation form and mail to:
The Fountain Hills Mentor Program
C/O The Golden Eagle Education Foundation
P. O. Box 17113
Fountain Hills, Arizona 85269
Where Your FHMP Donation Dollars are Allocated
When you make a tax deductible donation to the Fountain Hills Mentor Program, your funds help us afford the much needed tools to support our mentors and grow the program. Donation Dollars provide:
- Background Checks
- Teacher/Mentor Assignment Folders
- Skill Development Resource Boxes
- Marketing Brochures
- End of Year Celebration for Mentees and Mentors
- National Thank Your Mentor Day Breakfast Ceremony
- Web Site Hosting
- Training Manuals
- Office Supplies
What Teachers Are Saying*
“I have two students that have been with the same Mentor for years – very valuable option in providing a consistent connection with the student.”
“This Mentor Program has been such a positive experience. My students look forward to their mentoring time each week.”
“The Mentor Program is very rewarding for both the students and teachers. Growth happens – lots of measurable results.”
“Those children graduating to Four Peaks Elementary want to continue with their Mentor-what a vital idea to keep the same mentor.”
“My Mentored students have a critical need for strong, confident role models. Thanks to the Mentor Program, they have them.”
“I have been blessed with three of the most amazing Mentors this year. They are so enthusiastic and are willing to go the extra mile.”
” ’S.’ actually raises her hand in order to participate in a class discussion. I really don’t think she would have found the courage without her Mentor.
“’N.’ has made a tremendous improvement in the area of focusing thanks to the time spent with her Mentor.”
“Since being Mentored, ‘J.’ is a lot more responsible in doing his reading assignment. His self-esteem has increased.”
“I have noticed lots of positive changes and significant improvements in my Mentored kids’ handwriting.”
” ’K.’ has been doing all his homework. He is attempting to do it correctly. He appears to be a lot more focused…energized and organized thanks to his Mentor.”
“The Mentored children became more sensitive to others.”
“The Mentor Program gives children the individual, specialized attention that some of them need. For one little boy, it truly helped build his confidence.”