First Third Conversations

Congregational Resource for Brenda Olson's Presentation

Examples of Mentoring Programs in Urban Contexts

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  • Kinship is a community-based, one-to-one youth mentoring program.

From Kinship: Does mentoring work?

Studies show that mentoring reduces: drug and alcohol use; school drop outs; teen pregnancy; and violent behavior.

  • Treehouse is a faith based, non-profit organization offering hope and guidance to hurting teens during difficult times.

From TreeHouse: The evolving TreeHouse program model is supported by the principles of Bonnie Bernard’s resiliency model, which demonstrates that teens thrive if: 1)provided support, 2) high expectations and 3) meaningful opportunities to contribute.

  • Youth Farm and Market Project provides year-round, youth development programming for youth, utilizing experiential education and training, urban agriculture, gardens and greenhouses. We build youth leadership through planting, growing, preparing, and selling food.

From Youth Farm: By working to effectively empower youth to make positive change in the community in which they live, YFMP helps create space for youth to define their own success and challenges, many of them being measured through the food and food systems work that is done at YFMP.

  • Antioch exists in North Minneapolis to bless kids’ lives through prayer, loving interaction, and trusting relationships.

From Antioch: Our mentoring program is set up to help kids who want a friend to spend time with them and speak into their lives. Kids in the mentoring program are paired up with a trusted adult who spends time with them two to four times per month for at least two years. The focus of the mentorship is for children to receive encouragement, foster the growth of life skills, and have someone they can trust in times of need.

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