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Become a Mentor

The Cra-Wa-La Volunteer Mentoring Programs is designed to provide mentors and friendship through the use of positive role models (volunteers) like you for the rehabilitation of at-risk and troubled youth. Volunteer mentors work with youngsters who are referred by the court, probation officers, schools, community members, parents, or other service agencies. The objective of the mentoring is to restore the youngsters to useful, productive, law abiding, contributing and responsible citizenship.

Mentors Role

The Mentor Role is a volunteer who offers his/her time and friendship to a youth. A volunteer is not a professional counselor, however they can be very effective by being a good role model for the youth and listening to his or her personal concerns. Often a youngster will just be in need of a trustworthy friend. The help, attention, and caring a volunteer gives to that youth may be
the difference between prison and productive citizenship. The amount of time a volunteer spends with a client depends largely on the individual needs. We realize that everyone has many roles in our society and must do his or her best to balance the time devoted to each of these roles. Some clients need more time than others. Typically a volunteer will meet with the youth once a week for an hour or so. Often volunteers mix business with pleasure so to speak, by taking their clients with them for an afternoon of fishing, golf, or other activities.

Mentor Setting

Often volunteers mix business with pleasure so to speak, by taking their clients with them for an afternoon of fishing, golf, or other activities that they might not otherwise get the opportunity to experience.

Things to Do….

Have a picnic Take a walk Watch a movie Go out to eat
Read together Go for a bike ride Go to the library Go fishing
Go to a museum Draw/Paint Share your work experience Share one another’s interest

It is a proven fact that children with positive adult role models in their lives, make better choices as adults. They are less likely to engage in at risk behaviors such as smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol, or engaging in use of other substances, less likely to engage in delinquent behavior, improve academic performance and attitudes, better relationships with parents, siblings, and teachers, and engage in more positive school and community programs and activities.

How to Get Involved

You have a child you wish to refer?

1. Complete the referral form and e-mail or fax to 618-943-2356.