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United Way Mentor Center
Mentoring helps local residents develop the academic, social, and emotional skills necessary to succeed in school, the workplace, and life. Volunteers who become mentors can make a significant impact in the life of one or more of their neighbors by dedicating less than a few hours a week to being their mentor.
The United Way of Northern New Jersey Mentor Center is an easy way to learn all about the mentoring process – the rewards, the challenges, and the profound impact mentoring has on BOTH the mentor and the "mentee."
This program offers free training for anyone interested in becoming a mentor. Participants learn fundamental skills which can then be applied to mentoring youth, professional mentoring, financial mentoring, mentoring a new caregiver, and more. Through this training, individuals first learn their own strengths, values, and communication style. This self-awareness helps prepare them for their new role as mentor.
The course provides fundamental information that can be applied to any type of mentoring, such as:
- Roles and responsibilities of a successful mentor
- Helping the mentee set and achieve goals
- Values and diversity in mentoring relationships
- Communication skills
- Problem-solving skills
- Selecting a mentoring opportunity that's right for you
Mentoring allows both parties involved to grow as individuals, develop new skills, learn about themselves, and make a positive and lasting contribution to the community. Get trained or put your skills to work through one of the many mentoring opportunities available in northern New Jersey:
- Sign up for mentor training – available for individuals or groups
Check our Community Calendar for upcoming sessions.
- Organize an customized training session for your group
Bring the United Way Mentor Center to your place of work or worship. Program can be tweaked to accommodate the unique dynamics of any group.
- Put your new skills to work – become a mentor today
Youth mentoring: Help middle school students navigate social and academic pressures through this four-tiered mentoring pilot project. Click here to read about the I CAN Middle School Mentoring Project.
- Mentor someone reentering the workforce: Join United Way Women’s Leadership Council to help women learn the skills necessary to get a job and succeed as a new employee.
- Mentor a college student: Help students reach their personal goals and become a leader in the larger community.
- Financial mentoring: Coach a family or individual to help them develop a personalized plan to meet their financial goals.
- Mentor a caregiver: Assist a new caregiver as they embark on their journey of providing care for an ailing friend or relative.
For more information about the United Way of Northern New Jersey Mentor Center or any of the opportunities listed above, email Melissa Cooper, or call 973.993.1160, x112. Click here to download our Mentor Center brochure.
Give it a try. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Make the investment in yourself today.
Help us meet the challenge
United Ways Worldwide has made a pledge to support First Lady Michelle Obama’s national mentoring challenge by helping to recruit 1 million new mentors from across the country by 2014. (Click here to learn more about United Way’s mentor pledge.)
In the months ahead, United Way of Northern New Jersey will be working to train new mentors, help area companies launch new or expand existing employee mentoring programs, and support local mentoring programs that help youth gain leadership skills, achieve their educational goals, and increase their confidence. Are you already a mentor? Click here to make sure your contribution counts towards United Way’s national goal.