Our mentoring partnerships match at-risk children (ages 6-18) with a caring adult mentor who has been carefully screened to step into this mentor role. The mentors are trained and supported by B.A.M. staff and board members to interact with the children appropriately. During mentoring interactions, the mentors get to know the children and bond with them. Building a relationship is key to making the mentorship successful.
Monthly events are the kids’ favorite part of the program. As a group, we get together and take the children and mentors into the community to engage in fellowship, playtime, and enjoy a meal together. These events include picnics, orchard visits, bowling, and trips to the Henry County YMCA. These events give children an escape from a chaotic or lonely home environment and the mentors an opportunity to connect with the kids in a fun setting.
Our newest program is Lunch Buddies. We currently offer Lunch Buddies to two elementary schools and are working on partnering with a third. With this program, we match each child, recommended by the school’s guidance counselor, to a mentor. That mentor meets weekly with the child during lunchtime. Often the child quickly bonds with their buddy, loving the one-on-one attention they receive.
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