Inspiring men and women to become relational mentors to local youth
DuJardin Elementary School
Bloomingdale Church will recruit potential mentors from our congregation and from the local community. If a person is interested in becoming a mentor at DuJardin School, we will connect them with the site coordinator to go through their process.
Bloomingdale Church Mentoring Project
A mentoring initiative inspiring adults to be relational mentors to adolescents in our church.
A cooperative effort, including mentor-mentee matching, mentor support, and planned mentoring community activities.
Bloomingdale Church Program-Based Mentoring
KidsQuest program volunteers who aspire to also mentor a teen they serve with as they volunteer together.
Be A Mentor
Mentors enjoy being in the life of an adolescent, modeling and sharing values
One-year commitment, at least twice a month
- Join a mentoring community that trains and inspires men and women to become relational mentors
- Become a trusted friend as you “show up,” “live out,” and “speak in”
- Be matched with an adolescent from Bloomingdale Church or community-based mentoring program
Download Mentor Training Manual
Matching at Bloomingdale Church
- A potential mentor completes TMP training, “Volunteering with Minors” application, and has been approved to mentor
- A potential mentee and his/her parents talk about being mentored and sign up using above form
- The most current mentee waiting list is regularly shared with potential mentors. The TMP leadership (initiated by the Youth Staff, assisted by Contact Persons and Mentor Coaches) suggest and help make potential connections
- A potential mentor asks a potential mentee and their parents/guardian if they would like to be mentored
- Potential mentor and mentee meet together with mentee’s parents/guardians to determine if a mentoring relationship is suitable
- Mentor and mentee and mentee’s parent/guardian sign one year commitment and begin meeting
Mentoring Commitment – First Year
Mentors make a commitment to meet at least twice a month for one year.
- When and how that time fits into their schedule is up to each mentor/mentee. It is suggested to commit to a specific time to ensure success (e.g.: Meeting every other Wednesday evening)
- Mentors make a commitment to be proactive in setting up the time in which he/she meets with his/her mentee and following through
- The parent/guardian of the mentee makes a commitment to encourage an opening in their child’s schedule in order for them to meet with their mentee regularly
Mentoring Commitment – Renewal
At the beginning of each school year (August) or after 12 months of the initial commitment.
- Mentor initiates a conversation with mentee and asks if he/she would like to continue the mentoring relationship
- The mentor also talks to the parent/guardian (preferably in person) about if they would like the mentoring relationship to continue as well
- The mentor brings a renewal mentoring commitment form to be signed by the mentor, mentee and parent/guardian
Mentoring is “doing what needs to get done”
- “Mentoring is important to me because it allows me the chance to be the person who I needed when I was younger.” – Ashley
- “I like the mentoring program because I have someone I can go to and talk to about anything. Also I have a Christian man who shows me how to be a true man of God.” – Jay, mentee
- “I just need to show up. We can all do that” – John
- “I learned through the mentoring project that Jesus was a mentor to the disciples. And I thought, ‘Wow, this is really cool that Jesus mentored these young men. He molded them, he taught them.’ I feel like I am teaching these guys things too. Mentoring is letting them see how things are so they can learn from you and your actions.” – Dom
- “It is not so much of a burden, but rather a blessing.” – Lou
- “It is just fun to look back and think of our experiences together…to just be proud of him.” – Daniel
- “It’s been fun getting to know someone. But also, sharing experiences from my life of things that might help her along in her relationship with the Lord.” – Nancy
- “One-on-one relationships are essential.” – Bill
- “I was blessed with great parents. I had people who poured into my life. Those people really made a difference. It makes you wonder… what happens to young people who don’t have mentors? We don’t realize that it is not fantastic things that kids need. They just need every day nuts-and-bolts guidance and good direction. More than anything, they just need someone to encourage them and believe in them.” – Tony