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Why Mentor? Kids Matter!
To the world, you may be just one person. But to one person, you can be the world!

Youth today need someone to guide them into positive choices that will lead toward a productive future. Did someone along the way make you feel capable? Make you feel cared about? Help you see your talents? Children today need the very same gifts that helped you become who you are now!

So, share what you know. Be a mentor!

Becoming a Mentor is as Easy as 1-2-3!

Step 1: Learn About the Options
Based on your interests and availability, we'll suggest several possible programs. Some options include:

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Step 2: Training/Background Check
Attend training and complete a background check.

Call or email us at our Training Location:
The Mentoring Center of Central Ohio
1855 E. Dublin Granville Rd.
Columbus , OH 43229
Phone: 614.839.2447, ext. 103
Fax: 614.839.4770

Elizabeth Joy

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Step 3: Connect With Your Mentee
Be linked to your mentee. Your mentoring agency will contact you and make plans for you to meet your mentee.
Then the fun begins!
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Benefits to Mentors
As a mentor, you will enhance your
  • Leadership abilities
  • Negotiation techniques
  • Team-building skills
  • Time management skills
  • Cultural awareness
Visit WhoMentoredYou.org to learn about how mentoring affected the lives of people such as Marian Wright Edelman, Gloria Estefan, James Earl Jones, Larry King, John McCain, Edward James Olmos, Colin Powell, Bill Russell, Oprah Winfrey and more.
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Community-based Mentoring: 1:1
What is a Community-based Mentor?
Like other mentors, traditional mentors provide caring and guidance to their mentees through an on-going relationship. These mentors and mentees meet one-on-one at times and places that fit their schedules.



Typical Activities:

  • Passing a football, playing hoops
  • Baking cookies
  • Talking about school and friends—and life
  • Planning a project and doing it together
    • Exercising, crafts, playing computer games
  • Attending a festival or sporting event

What is Expected?

  • 4 hours together per month (Mentors often choose twice/month, 2 hours/time)
  • Access to a dependable car with insurance
  • Being a good listener
  • Interest in developing a caring and supportive relationship
  • Looking for the young person's strengths and helping build them
  • Having fun together!
Call or email us for more information:
Phone: 614.839.2447, ext. 103
Elizabeth Joy
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Site/School-Based Mentoring: 1:1

Head Back to School to Help a Kid Grow!
Help an child discover an interest in reading as you explore the world of dinosaurs or sports stars...

Play basketball together in the school gym or Connect Four while mulling over the challenges of being 11 and wanting to be liked...

What is a Site/School-Based Mentor?
Site/school-based mentors and mentees meet one-on-one, sometimes as part of a larger group in a school or other facility, usually at a fixed time during or after school each week.

Typical Activities

  • Playing games (based on the age of the young person—Connect 4, Catch Phrases, Mastermind)
  • Working on computers
  • Talking about school and friends—and life!
  • Helping with homework
  • Hanging out
  • Having fun!
  Call or email us for more information:
Phone: 614.839.2447, ext. 103
Email: Elizabeth Joy
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“The #1 indicator of success for a child is a good relationship with a caring adult!”

- Fortune Magazine










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