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Mayor's Mentoring Network

The Mayor's Mentoring Network connects Columbia mentoring organizations with interested potential mentors to encourage mentorship and promote mentoring best practices.

What's expected of a mentor/tutor?

By volunteering as a mentor/tutor, you are simply promising to be a responsible and reliable adult who is a friend and someone that your mentee can look up to. It's important that you develop a bond and a relationship that include taking part in various activities that interest both parties.

These activities can be as simple as:

 
  • Shooting hoops

 
  • Taking a trip to the library

 
  • Sharing a pizza

 
  • Coaching a team

 
  • Taking a walk in a city park

 
  • Acting as a career mentor to someone interested in your field

How Can You Get Involved

 

Review the organizations below and reach out to the one(s) in which you are interested to learn more information about how to get involved. Please note this page is for potential mentors, not mentees (children or young adults). Each organization below can be beneficial based on your interest area and the amount of time you wish to commit to mentoring in our city.

If you have questions, call 803.545.3039 or email Lauren Harper at [email protected].

Contact us at:
Mayor's Mentoring Network
1737 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29217
803.545.3039

[email protected]

 

Network Organizations

The Mayor's Mentoring Network strives to uphold evidence-based standards to ensure responsible practices to develop caring and supportive relationships. The Mayor's Mentoring Alliance standards are intended to support mentoring organizations to create influential, enduring mentor/mentee relationships that make a positive impact on the Columbia's quality of life.

 

Local Organizations:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia
www.bbbs.org

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands
www.bgcmidland.org

At the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, we know that the future of our country rests with its children. Today’s kids will become tomorrow’s parents, workforce, and leaders. That’s why we’re proud that young people from across the midlands are building and planning their futures as members of our Clubs. Our community of staff, volunteers, parents, and supporters believe that the promise of tomorrow begins today. Together, we give young people and the midlands a sense of hope, a sense of opportunity, a sense that anything is possible because great futures start here. Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

 

Richland School District One
http://www.richlandone.org/Page/574

We Are Richland One, a nationally accredited school district building on a rich history and tradition of excellence. South Carolina’s ninth-largest school district, our 23,000 students represent 50 countries and as many languages. With 52 schools and special centers, our district stretches over 480 square miles and encompasses urban, suburban and rural communities. Our location in the Palmetto State’s capital city gives our students and employees access to advantages you won’t find anywhere else innovative academic programs, unique partnerships with businesses, higher education institutions and the faith community, as well as unlimited cultural opportunities.

Our mission is to enhance positive behavior interventions by supporting at-risk youth, regardless of age, race and socioeconomic levels, to achieve their dreams through education and career readiness. Our mission is to reduce drop-out rates and increase retention and graduation rates through a network of trained professionals and mentors to meet with students before, during, or after-school to attain the extra help needed in training them to become life-long learners.

 

Get MAD Global

http://www.getmadmovement.com/programs/youth-mentoring/

Our mission is to enhance positive behavior interventions by supporting at-risk youth, regardless of age, race and socioeconomic levels, to achieve their dreams through education and career readiness.

We have a vision to reduce drop-out rates and increase retention and graduation rates through a network of trained professionals and mentors to meet with students before, during, or after-school to attain the extra help needed in training them to become life-long learners.

 

New Lawyer Mentoring Program

https://www.scbar.org/lawyers/bar-programs/new-lawyer-mentoring-program/

The Lawyer Mentoring Program, established by Rule 425, SCACR, connects new lawyers, who have recently been admitted to the practice of law, with experienced lawyers for a year-long mentorship. All new lawyers must register with the mentoring program within 30 days of their admission to the South Carolina Bar by submitting a New Lawyer Application to the Program Administrator. Mentors must have at least five years of experience in the active practice of law. The mentor and the new lawyer are encouraged to work together to identify and help the new lawyer achieve professional goals. Upon completion of the program, mentors receive 4 CLE hours, including 2 hours of ethics. By fostering constructive mentoring relationships, the Lawyer Mentoring Program seeks to elevate the competence, professionalism, and success of South Carolina lawyers.

 

 

State Organizations:

South Carolina Mentor
www.sc-mentor.com

Since 1984, South Carolina MENTOR has distinguished itself as a quality provider of services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as youth and families with emotional, behavioral and medically complex challenges.  We have a strong reputation for providing quality, cost-effective treatment that is unique for each person we serve and anchored by the highest standards of quality assurance.

South Carolina MENTOR is dedicated to conducting business in an honest and ethical fashion.  The leadership team of managers and supervisors in all of our programs sets the tone for the company.  Our dedicated employees, Mentors, and Direct Support Providers (DSPs) are committed to the individuals we serve.  Together, they create a system of care that provides individuals who have complex conditions options for living in the community, supports for attaining independence, and opportunities to grow and develop personal connections in natural settings.

 

South Carolina Attorney General's Office
www.scag.gov/youth-mentor-program

The goal of the YOUTH MENTOR PROGRAM is to provide the youth with the necessary values, motivation and sense of self-responsibility to guide him/her towards productive and positive citizenship.

The YOUTH MENTOR PROGRAM focuses primarily on the repeat offender, and on occasion, the circumstantial offender. Voluntary assignments to the program are also allowed through parental recommendations and consent. Religious institutions, including churches, masjids and synagogues, provide mentors. The expansion of the program will also include recruiting the services of community organizations and schools.

 

SC Afterschool Alliance
www.scafterschool.com

The overall goal of the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance (SCAA) is to establish a statewide network of diverse stakeholders that will guide, support and enable quality after school services and policies for all children and youth.

SCAA mission is to raise awareness, increase sustainability, and promote the importance of quality after school and summer learning programs.

 

South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy

http://scyouthchallenge.com/mentors/

For the Youth Challenge program, mentoring is a supportive one-to-one relationship between an adult and an at-risk youth developed to facilitate the youth’s educational, social and personal growth, allowing the youth to become a responsible, productive and contributing member of his or her community and of society as a whole.

Each student is matched with an Academy-approved mentor.  Two mentor prospects are nominated by the student and/or parents/guardians. One will serve as the primary prospect and the other as an alternate. A trained and matched mentor provides assistance and guidance to the Challenge graduate during the 12-month Post-Residential Phase.

The Youth Challenge Academy mentor is key to a graduate’s successful transition to employment and/or continuing education. An established goal for all students is to complete a Post-Residential Action Plan (P-RAP). This plan is a guide for the Mentor and the Cadet to follow after graduation

 

Federation of Families SC

http://fedfamsc.org/

The Federation of Families of South Carolina is a nonprofit organization established to serve the families of children with any degree of emotional, behavioral or psychiatric disorder. The services and programs offered by the Federation are designed to meet the individual and varying needs of families around the state. Through support networks, educational materials, publications, conferences/workshops and other activities, the Federation provides many avenues of support for families of children with emotional, behavioral or psychiatric disorders.

 

 

National Organizations:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
www.bbbs.org

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Our vision is for all children achieve success in life.

 

National Mentoring Partnership
www.mentor.org

The Mentoring Center is recognized nationally as a leader in the field of mentoring. We promote, develop, and implement the concept of mentoring as a vehicle to transform lives and effectively address the needs of youth of all backgrounds. TMC recognizes mentoring as a viable tool for youth development. In 2000, informed through our direct services after eight years of field testing models, TMC began specializing its technical assistance to organizations serving the highly at-risk youth population. Mentoring concepts are continually refined through research and field testing. We promote and communicate the concepts to others by sponsoring conferences, conducting training, and providing technical assistance and program development to mentoring agencies.

 

The Mentor Network
www.TheMentorNetwork.com

Founded in 1980, The MENTOR Network is a national network of local health and human services providers in 35 states offering an array of quality, community-based services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain and spinal cord injuries and other catastrophic injuries and illnesses; to youth with emotional, behavioral and medically complex challenges, as well as their families; and to elders in need of support.

 

The National Mentoring Partnership

http://www.mentoring.org/

Our mission is to fuel the quantity and quality of mentoring relationships for America’s young people and to close the mentoring gap

 

National CARES Mentoring Movement

http://www.caresmentoring.org/

 The National CARES Mentoring Movement seeks to dispel that notion by providing young people with role models who will play an active role in helping to shape their development. By mentoring a young person, you can help redirect the course of his or her life.

 

Do you see an organization missing from this list? We'd love to add it! Click the photo below to request to add a mentoring organization to the page.

 

 
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