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The partnership provides SHIELD partners with an effective way to integrate SHIELD’s mentoring model to reach shared goals.  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.

Some of the basic needs for becoming a community partnership are the following:

  • Identify 12 (minimum) participants for referral in the mentoring program for at least one program year
  • Provide a meeting space for a group of Mentees to meet for two-hour group mentoring sessions
  • Provide facilities, an adequate project site
  • Provide at least 1 individual, who will serve as a point of contact, to help assure that all youth are in attendance for each monthly group mentoring session
  • Assure all Mentees completes an application and obtains parental permission forms as well as attends initial orientation
  • Host special events and activities, such as a opening ceremony and closing banquet
  • Send an introduction letter (from SHIELD) to parents, in addition to the referral package SHIELD provides
  • Advise on the mentoring needs of participating Mentees
  • Cooperate to the fullest extent possible with SHIELD Mentor Program

Group Size

SHIELD prefers a minimum of 12 participants and limits each group to a maximum of 20 participants. These sizes are based upon curriculum considerations, team building and group dynamics.

Curriculum

The partnership provides SHIELD partners with an effective way to integrate SHIELD’s mentoring model to reach shared goals.  The implementation must be fully aligned with SHIELD’s desired outcomes in core impact areas.

Interested?  For more information on starting community partnership, please contact Precious McKoy at 336-337-2771 or mckoyp@shieldyouth.com.