Family Unwrapping

Family to Family Mentoring Program

 

Mentor Family FAQs

At Matching Peace, we connect families with families across the Toledo area to provide support, exposure and discussion.

Why Mentor?

  • 46% of mentored youth are less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters).

  • Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 81% more likely to participate regularly in sports or extracurricular activities than those who do not (The Mentoring Effect, 2014).

  • A study showed that the strongest benefit from mentoring, and most consistent across risk groups, was a reduction in depressive symptoms — particularly noteworthy given that almost one in four youth reported worrisome levels of these symptoms at baseline (The Role of Risk, 2013).

  • Mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships. Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more and communicate better with them (The Role of Risk, 2013).

With these statistics, imagine what can happen to the family unit if we engage parents and empower families through education and family to family mentoring?

Why Should I Mentor?

  • You are making a lasting impact and helping a family to become more well-rounded in their interactions with each other and how they see world.

  • You can enhance your strengths and see them in practice.

  • You are serving to build the next generation.

  • You will learn about yourself.

Who Can Mentor?

Any family that desires to be and is willing to set aside the time to meet regularly with their mentee family. Active listening skills, open communication, respect, good judgment, and a supportive attitude are the main attributes Matching Peace is seeking. At this time we are asking that mentor families are families that have an experience of daily living with children for an extended time frame. All types of families are welcome. See specific requirements below. If you have questions, please contact us.

What is required of me?

All Mentor Family Adult Representatives must:

  • Be 21 years of age;

  • Submit application;

  • Background check (if you have concerns, please contact us at kelley@matchingpeace.org, there are specifics convictions that Matching Peace will not be able to accommodate since we are working with children);

  • Interview (in-person or phone; for matching process);

  • Review of Matching Peace training and activities for program (no longer than 1.5 hours and can be broken up over time); and

  • Exhibit a genuine concern for others.

What would be expected of me?

We recognize that time is a factor when it comes to mentoring. Keeping this in mind, we also recognize that certain structures do not work for everyone. Thus, we leave this open between the mentor and mentee family. There are some hard requirements like background checks for safety purposes, but expectations are left between each pair. Success looks different for each pair and for this reason we allow flexibility between the families so that we achieve greatness.


Our Director of Connections will reach out monthly to follow-up about how each pair is progressing.

What if I do not know how to mentor someone?

We can help you learn. Each mentor family will attend an orientation session before being matched with a mentee family, and our Director of Connections will be able answer questions and will periodically email out mentor/mentee relationship tips.

How do I apply?

Click here and fill out the on-line application. We accept applications on a rolling basis. Our Director of Connections will contact you within in five business days of reciept of your application. We will then email you the background check form and schedule a time to discuss any questions that you may have.

Resources for Mentors

Extensive Mentor Training Document

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Mentors

This section will be continuously updated with more resources.

Resources for Current Mentors

Mentor Family Training: Google Classroom Student Code: 4qopwrg

Slack Community for Mentors and Mentees: click here

 

Mentee Family FAQs

Parenting does not come with a manual. We all learn through trial and error. Building a relationship with a mentor family will help when you have questions or when you feel that you may be doing something wrong. We all have questions and a mentor family is there to help you as a sounding board and to share stories and talk through how to handle situations that may arise.

Why should I get a mentor?

  • You will gain support, exposure and community.

  • You will have a confidential, impartial sounding board for ideas, challenges, and plans.

What happens within the Family to Family Mentoring Program?

  • We provide orientation for mentors and mentees.

  • We host mentor/mentee events for connection and shared learning.

  • We check in on all mentor/mentee relationships monthly (to address any concerns and celebrate successes).

  • We match you with a mentor that has a strength in the area that you are seeking exposure. If you do not know what area that is, we will determine it upon your meeting with the Director of Connections.

Who can be mentored?

Any family that is willing to be exposed to new ideas and concepts and build connection with other families. Please see specific requirements below.

What will be required of me?

All Mentee Family Adult Representatives must:

  • Be 18 years of age;

  • Submit application;

  • Background check (if you have concerns, please contact us; at kelley@matchingpeace.org, there are specifics convictions that Matching Peace will not be able to accommodate since we are working with children); and

  • Interview (in-person or phone; for matching process).

What will be expected of me?

We recognize that time is a factor when it comes to mentoring. Keeping this in mind, we also recognize that certain structures do not work for everyone. Thus, we leave this open between the mentor and mentee family. There are some hard requirements like background checks for safety purposes, but expectations are left between each pair. Success looks different for each pair and for this reason we allow flexibility between the families so that we achieve greatness.

Our Director of Connections will reach out monthly to follow-up about how each pair is progressing.

How do I apply?

Click here and complete the on-line application. We accept applications on a rolling basis. Our Director of Connections will contact you once your application is received and will follow up with the background check form and to discuss any questions that you may have.

Resources for Current Mentee Families

Mentee Family Training: Google Classroom Code: zbe4mbz

Slack community for Mentor and Mentee families: click here

 

567.218.1379

6020 W. Bancroft St. Box 352617

​Toledo, Oh 43615-0127

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