Mentoring is easy and fun, and we guarantee it will change your life. We would love for every single one of our students (“Dreamers”) to have an amazing mentor to simply live life with them. That new mentor could be you. Completing the journey from at-risk youth in underserved communities in Los Angeles to high school graduates requires a whole-child education approach. Mentoring is an important part of that approach.
Mentor Program is a Key Building Block
The mentor program is another building block in our programming that, combined with academic support and enrichment, social-emotional development, college and career preparation, and parent/family engagement, creates a full range of services for our Dreamers. Mentoring is a core element of the “I Have A Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles (IHADLA) model – one that provides Dreamers with a stable adult role model apart from the context of the Dreamer’s family. The relationship should foster a positive attitude in the Dreamer towards education and expose the Dreamer to a variety of positive, new experiences.
Mentors maintain regular one-on-one contact with the Dreamers and enhance our program’s impact by acting as a friend, counselor, teacher, and confidant.
Our Objective is to Match Each IHADLA Dreamer Student with a Mentor.
Join by yourself, with a friend, or with a group from work. It’s as simple as going to the beach, eating dinner, or just talking with a Dreamer. Even one hour a month of one-on-one time with a mentor is more than many children receive from anyone.
Mentor Program Goals
The three basic goals of IHADLA’s Mentoring Program are:
1. To build personal bonds and trusting relationships.
2. To help Dreamers graduate from high school and encourage them to pursue a post-secondary education.
3. Expose Dreamers to new experiences designed to cultivate a familiarity and acceptance of diversity: social, cultural, economic, etc.
What is a Mentor?
It’s impossible to dream when you have no hope. A mentor can provide not only hope, but exposure to activities, places, and opportunities otherwise unknown to an at risk youth. A mentor can make a difference just by being there. A mentor can say, “Of course you can do it.” A mentor can transform the life of a child, and in doing so, transform the world.
- 98% of children with mentors stayed in school
- 85% did not use drugs
- 98% were deterred from teen pregnancy
- 98% did not join a gang
100% of our student Dreamers have reported that their mentors help them feel like they can achieve their goals.
What Does an IHADLA Mentor Do?
Not only is being a mentor rewarding, but it is easy and fun! Typical mentor outings include going to the beach, checking out a free concert in the park, seeing a movie, baking cookies, or playing a game of catch. IHADLA also organizes large group outings in which mentees and mentors can participate together.
Role of a Mentor
A mentor with the IHADLA is first and foremost a trusted friend and positive role model who encourages a Dreamer to be successful in school and who opens the doors to new experiences. A mentor encourages a child to dream and to work to make their dreams come true.
An IHADLA mentor makes a commitment for a minimum of one year. This commitment includes, but is not limited to, a one-to-one visit with the mentee at least once a month (twice a month for the first 3 months) and contacting the student by phone, mail, or email at least once a week.