BE A MENTOR INC
Be A Mentor, Inc. uniquely combines caring adults with a centrally operated management system to provide youth-serving agencies the ability to offer mentoring programs at a reduced cost. Learn more
There are 7 million youth between 5-17 years old in California alone. Let’s close the gap between children who need and want mentors and those who have them. Any youth can benefit from a caring adult.
FOSTER YOUTH ARE THE HIGHEST POPULATION IN NEED
We support all youth and recognize foster youth are particularly vulnerable. Their futures face extreme challenges.
Mentorship is a cost-effective intervention that addresses these challenges. Research has shown that mentoring programs make a difference in life trajectories.
Without a caring adult the following may never have been successful.
READ SUCCESS STORY
Tiffany Haddish, actress, who starred alongside Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith in the comedy Girls Trip.
Her mother was diagnosed with mental illness after a car accident.
When she was 9, her mom was in a car accident that left her with brain damage after her head crashed through the windshield. Two years later, she and her siblings were split up into foster homes. She struggled to fit in at her new middle school. “I remember being that foster kid and being like, ‘Man, I’m probably going to be in jail in two years,’” she said
She found her calling after her social worker gave her an ultimatum.
Haddish’s behavior was still a concern, so her social worker gave her the option of going to psychiatric therapy or attending the Laugh Factory Comedy Camp. She chose the latter, and from that point on, she was motivated to make comedy her career.
She was homeless for a period
Haddish spent a period of her life post-foster care homeless. During that time, she made a list of who she wanted to work with and where she wanted to be in the future. “I wrote that wish list, and I wrote that I wanted to work with Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith,” she says.
PARTNERSHIP AT WORK
Be A Mentor, in partnership with a statewide network of agencies, has developed a strategy to connect foster children in California with caring adult mentors. Only with our Volunteer Management System (VMS) will it be possible to engage the youth-serving agencies under one umbrella.
The US Department of Justice has invested $3 million to pilot a multi-agency coalition with our VMS as the backbone.
With recent cuts in government spending on child welfare programs, the continued success of this program is now more dependent on the financial investment of philanthropists.
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