The Sonoma County Mentoring Partnership is dedicated to promoting community awareness and support for mentoring as a means to help youth within Sonoma County to become successful adults. Partnering with agencies such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sonoma County, the California Human Development Corporation, Circuit Rider Productions and the Girl Scouts, the program aims to empower the youth and families of today with the necessary skills to become happy, healthy, and successful members of the community tomorrow.
One key program is Operation Getting It Together (OGIT) -- a unique community supported non-profit organization serving low income and minority youth and their families throughout Sonoma County. OGIT was organized as a non-profit corporation in 1981 and its participants are comprised of volunteer individuals from sponsoring churches, youth outreach worker/mentors, parents of clients served and community members at large. The program offers a small stipend to volunteers to help provide for costs of each team in participating in positive activities and outreach worker/mentors are also eligible for a community service scholarship that is awarded in July and January, based on satisfactory performance. Individuals who volunteer to mentor may also receive school credit requirements for their involvement. If you are interested in learning more about this program, call them directly at 707 544-6911 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reading and Training Resources:
he author of these books provides a mentoring guide and a companion book for the individual being mentored. Both books provide detail on how to develop a mentoring partnership. The books are also useful for the people seeking information on ways to gain positive outcomes from being mentored.
Both books available at www.barnesandnoble.com
A Training Guide for Mentors - Written by Jay Smink, Executive Director of The National Dropout Prevention Center, this guide was developed for use by program planners and coordinators responsible for managing and implementing mentor programs. The ideas and materials included in the guide serve as a primer for coordinators to plan and conduct a comprehensive training program for adults and youth volunteering to be mentors. Sections include - Introduction to Mentoring; The Components of a Structured Mentor Training Program; Mentor Orientation Training; Reinforcement and Ongoing Training; Specialized Training and References. For more information contact: NDPC, (864) 656-2599. Single copies are $17.50.