mentoring year around
The Mentoring Program
Each summer, hundreds of children of prisoners experience an unparalleled jump-start in their personal and spiritual growth during their week at camp. Our Mentoring Programs provide the support each child needs to sustain and encourage their growth on a day-to-day basis. As a Mentor, you become the weekly reminder to your student that she is valuable, he does matter, she can trust, and if they fail they will not die.
Statistics show that the one common factor for all at-risk youth who eventually succeeded in life is a caring relationship with at least one adult. You could be that person.
What is the commitment?
The first part of becoming a mentor is filling out an application, and taking a six hour training. After you are trained we connect you with a child that we believe will match tor you. We use look at a whole host of things including age, likes and dislikes, and your temperament.
This is followed by a match meeting where we get together with the student, their parent/guardian, and the program supervisor, to go over expectations and guidelines. From then on your commitment is to get together one hour each week to have fun, enjoy doing things, and learn together. It is that simple but it makes all the difference in the world.
How much does this cost?
For Mentors and Students: There is no financial cost to be part of this program. For activities we encourage our mentors to choose activities that are free or low cost. The mentee and mentor are expected to pay for their part of the activity or select a different activity. CDO sponsored events may also be provided free of charge.
For Supporters: While the mentoring program is free of charge to its participants, there is an expense incurred by the camp for the Mentor Program Director’s salary, transportation, phone, and other expenses.