Mentoring

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The Importance of Being a Mentor

Mentoring is a powerful tool. Over the past few decades, it’s grown in popularity as both a prevention and intervention strategy. Research has long demonstrated that youths benefit from close, caring relationships with adults who serve as positive role models. Today, 8.5 million adolescents continue to lack supportive, sustained relationships with caring adults, and that is why we need you to become a dedicated mentor in our program. Paws & Pals is honored to have so many dedicated community members to be part of our growing “village” to help heal the thousands of youths in need.

Our Approach

At Paws & Pals, our mentors take a truly personable approach to helping with the mental health issues our children & teens are struggling with. Our PAWS are the reason for our vision but we understand that not every youth is comfortable being around dogs. With this in mind we know that we need to offer a mentoring program that doesn’t require a dog but does require a dedicated person with a heart for healing!! All of our program mentor’s are trained and equiped to help our PALS in the following areas of struggle: Anxiety, depression, OCD, ADD/ADHD, grief, divorce, body image, suicide, addiction, sexual identity. This training has been created by our Educational Advisory Board and consists of 8 hours of online training followed by an in person certification with our therapy team. After the required training is complete you will then dedicate 1 hour a week to your PAL and their mental health healing. All mentors are required to complete an application, sign disclosures/waivers and pass a background check. 

Benefits of mentoring for a child or teenager!

  • Lower high school dropout rates.
  • Better attitude about school.
  • Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Increased high school graduation rates.
  • Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices.

Benefits of mentoring for a child or teenager!

  • Lower high school dropout rates.
  • Better attitude about school.
  • Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Increased high school graduation rates.
  • Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices.