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About Us

 

The SHIELD Mentor Program is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization that provides a full range of mentoring programs and services, providing the skills for success in leadership development.  The structure of the mentoring programs creates an atmosphere that is designed to decrease the limitations in the lives of youth to help them become more likely to fulfill their highest potential.

Our Mission 

To Strengthen, Help, Inspire and Encourage Leadership Development by delivering structured mentoring activities and programs for young people.

 

Our Beliefs

From a broad spectrum, we strongly believe that all youth should mentored.  Youth live in a world full of wonderful opportunities; the goal is to give them proper guidance to obtain them. The need of leadership development is essential for every youth, despite their background. The structure of the mentoring programs creates an atmosphere that is designed to decrease limitations in the lives of young people to help them become more likely to fulfill their highest potential.

 

Our Core Values

There are four ways we challenge SHIELD participants to promote these core values: By realizing the interlocked potential in each individual and bringing out their leadership qualities we will Strengthen, Help, Inspire and Encourage Leadership Development!

 

Our History

2014: SHIELD facilitated a leadership building intensive program in partnership with Operation Xcel.

2013: SHIELD joined the Mentoring Matters Hub of Excellence, an initiative of the United Way of Greater Greensboro (UWGG).

2011: SHIELD provided mentoring services for the Sarah Herbin Academy for Success (SHAS) program in collaboration with the Black Child Development of Greensboro and Growing Beyond Obstacles.  SHIELD worked collaboratively with Reclaiming Futures as a mentoring partner agency.

2010: SHIELD celebrated its 1st anniversary and hosts the Mentor Youth! Initiative, a month-long outreach campaign held in January focusing attention on the need for mentoring to increase mentoring engagement through the programs that SHIELD had to offer. SHIELD offered a male mentoring program in partnership with Hairston Middle School to mentor 6th graders.

2009: SHIELD established community partnerships with the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning at UNCG, North Carolina Families United, Inc, Black Child Development of Greensboro, Guilford Police Athletic League (G-PAL), Youth First, The Hope Project, Reclaiming Futures as well as Windsor Recreation Center, Peeler Recreation Center and Brown Recreation Center to increase the reach and meet in various sites throughout the city.  SHIELD received the OJJDP Grant Award to launch online mentoring through the iMentor Interactive online mentoring tool.

2008: Precious McKoy, the visionary of the SHIELD Mentor Program (SHIELD) founded the organization along with her husband, Antonio McKoy, Co-Founder.  They created an organization that a community of people who genuinely care about young people could provide them with the leadership development skills that they need to be successful in life by pursuing their personal goals and dreams.

 

Why Mentoring?

According to MENTOR, a national mentoring organization, there are more than 14 million young people who need caring adults in their lives.

How mentors change lives...

  • Supporting positive behavior
  • Reducing dropout rates
  • Promoting academic excellence
  • Discouraging gang/criminal involvement

Mentored youth...

  • Have a higher school- attendance record and academic performance;
  • Are more likely to go on to higher education;
  • Respond more positively to their teachers and parents;
  • Are more comfortable communicating with their parents and society;
  • Receive more emotional support from their friends and peers;
  • Have a greater feeling of self-worth;
  • Understand how academics ultimately influence and relate to the professional world.

 

Objectives

The objective of SHIELD Mentor Program (SHIELD) for young people who participate in the programs is:

  • To help young people experience leadership development that can strengthen them as individuals.
  • To help young people define positive goals by establishing objectives toward an aspired future.
  • To help young people make positive choices.

Measurements

The structure of the mentoring programs creates an atmosphere that is designed to decrease the limitations in the lives of youth to help them become more likely to fulfill their highest potential. Studies have shown that mentoring encourages positive choices, promotes high self-esteem, supports youth’s academic achievement and inevitably introduces young people to new ideas that foster their visions and dreams.SHIELD measures success by the personal growth and development we see in participating SHIELD youth over time in our program measured by a participant’s ability to set goals and achieve them, share life experiences, make better decisions, have positive beliefs and values, to articulate amongst a group, etc.

 

SHIELD's long-term goal is to help teens find their purpose in life by identifying their strengths and weaknesses and allowing them to grow and improve in character by equipping them with a plan, a task, and a path.