Good City Mentors partners inspiring local businesses with local high schools and creates a mentorship community where everyone is invested in the success of the others. A diverse team of mentors meets with students for one hour per week during the school day.
The year long program consists of three core, 10-week sessions focusing on personal leadership development, college and career readiness, and service to the community. The Good City Mentors Program has been invited to expand their reach into 10 high-need schools this school year, providing school-day mentorship for students ages 13-19. The typical participant would be characterized as having risk factors such as routine absences and tardiness; behavioral issues; disengagement from academic activities; poor course grades; limited or no participation in external enrichment activities; family issues; involvement or vulnerable to the criminal justice system; foster youth; and all the side effects of living in an impoverished, underserved community. Consistent interaction with a supportive, caring community of mentors provides youth with social connection and a sense of belonging while addressing their specific barriers to success. Good City Mentors seeks to refine their program and infrastructure, as well as train and hire additional employees in order to successfully expand reach of service to students.
“I have grown and matured and learned to see other people’s sides, and being consistent and a person that people can talk to when they need someone. I will forever be grateful to the Good City Mentors.”
"I learned that people will care and listen if you reach out. I also feel like I can do something in life. The mentors listened to our problems and have advice. I respect that of them and I look up to them. I would like to be like that.”
"I’m more of a person that now listens to people twice before judging them.”
"I am more confident in life and more sure about my future. I am more nice because I realize other people relate to my life and that I am not alone.”
"I became more Vibrant and built meaningful relationships with people I barely knew and grew out of my shell.”
"The mentors taught me that empathy, gratitude and compassion are irreplaceable traits. Leaders Do Good.”
“I have been through so much in life but since the mentors I’ve learned how to open up and so much about myself like what I want to accomplish in my life. It was such an amazing experience.”
"There are so many amazing programs we can implement at our schools to try to set students up for young adulthood success. But ultimately, programs don’t change people. People change people. I urge us to be a community who will show up for our youth, take time to listen, and help them discover their passions.”