SHIFT Mentoring Programs

“Leadership is accepting people where they are, then taking them somewhere.” ― C.W. Perry

SHIFT Mentoring empowers youth to make positive life choices that maximize their potential. We match volunteer mentors committed to supporting, guiding and being a friend to youth ages 10 through 17 years old for a period of at least one year. The mentoring relationship is enhanced through weekly, staff-led sessions using the evidence-based curriculum, Positive Action and quarterly experiential outings.

From the heart of TYM’s Founder: The 4 L’s of Mentoring

Listen
Listening is one of the most important resources a leader can possess. This single quality enables you to gain valuable insights in addition to building trusting relationships.

Learn
When we take the time to listen to young people, we are able to learn about them. Only through learning do we maximize our ability to see from their perspective.

Love
The old adage is true: People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Loving people involves making others feel important out of your genuine concern and commitment to them.

Lead
Once you have listened, learned, and loved you are positioned to LEAD. Leading is devoting yourself to developing the full potential of those around you. Think about your leadership and how you will be remembered. Join TYM today and help us leave a legacy in the lives of young people!

3 R’s of Mentoring

Respect
Respect is one of the most important elements in the mentor/mentee relationship. Respect isn’t something that comes quickly or easily and instead requires time and patience to build. Successful mentoring relationships depend on it.

Relevance
Relevance refers to making what you say and do meaningful. Quality mentors increase mentee engagement by making an effort to connect to the background and experiences of the youth they are working with. Mentors must get to know their mentees.

Relationship
Relationship among mentor/mentee is essential to the success of a match. Youth know when adults genuinely care, believe in them and are interested in their success.