Mentees are from ages 8 – 17 and mentors are 18 years old or older. Mentors and mentees typically spend time together at the YMCA, the teen center, or in the community doing activities such as riding bicycles or meeting up for lunch to build a relationship together.
To sign up to become a mentor contact mentor coordinator Samantha Krumdieck at email@example.com. Once the application is completed and screened applicants must go through a background check, an interview process, and eight hours of training. Ment2B then ensures that the applicant is a good fit for the program and connects them with an appropriate child.
“The type of person that we’re looking for as a mentor is somebody willing and caring,” said Krumdieck. “Just willing to spend time with the child a couple times a month. An adult that is responsible and just wanting to give back to the community.”
Krumdieck urges those interested in becoming a mentor to turn in applications soon before the training session on October 20th. Applications are also accepted all year long.
One of the reasons that Ment2B started is because it began as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) program. CASA realized that there were many children in the community that could potentially gain skills and relationships but they could only help foster children.
“We wanted to bring that to the valley and broaden that,” said Dorry Foster, Chief Executive Officer of the Wenatchee Valley YMCA. “One of the biggest things that I see is…with the divorce rate and a lot of single parents, we all need support in our families and sometimes we move here without those families and sometimes we have families that are divided and our kids are missing out on some of that positive adult relationship and we’re all very busy and, as parents and as single parents, we’re busier. So we realized early on that it would be a different approach and we’d probably get some different mentors as well, not just necessarily retired teachers or retired counselors, but really that adult coach that wants to help our kids. And whether it’s playing 15 minutes of basketball in the gym and hanging out in the youth center here or going out to the movies or going to the bowling alley, these kids need our undivided attention for the time that we can give them. And that’s really what the mentor program is about and why Ment2B came to be at the Y.”