Mentor: noun: trusted counselor or coach
verb: counsel, direct, coach
Mentee: noun: one being mentored, protégé’
Agape believes in the power of Mentoring! We know that every person needs someone to believe in him. We know that every person needs advice and guidance at some point in their lives. We know that it is much harder for a child to be successful with out an adult who takes an active supporting and unconditional interest in their wellbeing. We know that even adults, who find themselves in the most desperate of circumstances, can regain their sense of hope and renew the desire of success, with the assistance of a dedicated mentor.
We value the mentor mentee relationship so much that we offer at least three ways that you can participate in a mentoring relationship and forever change the life of yourself and another.
If you or your group are interested in participating in a daytime mentoring relationship with a middle school aged student, Agape can assist your becoming a mentor in the CONNECT Program. Agape has partnered with the Memphis City School mentoring program, CONNECT. CONNECT is a school based program that allow mentors to see their mantes during school hours, at the school. It is designed to help positively engage the child in an attempt to improve their social and academic performance at the school and eventually in society as a whole.
For the individual who desires to become and Mentor, but wants to do it outside of the work day: Agape can assist by pairing you with a child or children who are in foster care, adoptive care or are residents in our Families In Transition programs. These relationships are developed during recreational time and are designed to help provide a supportive safety net in the midst of chaos and or a period of great change in the mentee’s life.
If you are looking to impact an adult, Agape always needs mentors to engage with and commit to our Families In Transition residents. By the very nature of the program, all the mothers who enroll in Families In Transition are homeless and lack in a community support system. It is imperative that they have role models, supporters, and an on going witness that constantly points them to Jesus’ love for them. This is a great place to be involved and to permanently alter someone’s family tree.
Lori Humber, Volunteer Coordinator