#ThankYourMentorDay

Today is #ThankYourMentorDay is a day for all who have had real life mentoring experiences to thank those who helped them on their path to adulthood and beyond.  Anyone who has had a mentor is encouraged to say thank you by sending a note, a card or sharing a story on social media using #MentorIRL.

THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR MENTORS!

“Thank you for…

….helping me by giving me someone to talk to.” – Makayla, Tabor Mentee

….teaching me not to bottle up my feelings.” – Ciara, Tabor Mentee

….being there to listen to me.” Lydia, Tabor Mentee

….taking me different fun places and teaching how to open up and talk to people.” – Candace, Tabor Mentee

 

thankyourmentor_detail

 

 

I Am A Mentor Day

Today is I Am A Mentor Day.
A day for volunteer mentors to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world.

picture-group

Here are a few things some of our mentors have shared while reflecting on their experience as a mentor:

Did your experience match what you expected?
“Yes and no. I found that he (my first mentee) learned to expect me to help him. But I also learned from him…. it was amazing to me how he dealt with adversity. He has overcome all kinds of adversity… foster care since the age of 4, multiple high schools, homeless for a winter, and yet he now has a decent job and lifestyle.”

What is your most memorable moment?
“At a Phillies game! We sat in the upper deck of right field, but by the end of the game, we were touring the stadium. The attendant behind home plate let us watch the last inning in the reserved section!”

What is something that surprised you/or that you were not expecting?
“I was often surprised at the reaction or misperception of who I was and my role. The mentees have (so many) people in their lives – Tabor counselors, county case workers, etc. The mentees thought I was a paid person like their counselors. One day, while waiting for my mentee to get ready, I got to talking to one pair of foster parents who asked me which county office I was out of and whether I got overtime for the afterhours work. They were surprised to find out that I was a volunteer doing this for the fun of it!

What is something you want the readers, new mentors, or potential mentors to know?
“You will provide more help than you can imagine and you will learn as well.

Katie and Anne

“My mentor motivated me to succeed in both school and in changing my life.”

-Katie, Tabor Mentee

 

Our program empowers youth who are preparing to leave the child welfare system. Youth are matched with caring adult volunteer mentors and it is through the means of a mentoring relationship that the mentor and mentee form healthy and lasting relationships centered around building confidence, stability, and life skills.

Katie entered the Foster Care system in 2011 when she was only 12 years old. Life in foster care can mean several foster homes, moving schools in the middle of the year and constantly having a turnover of friends, care givers, case workers and teachers. Challenges and uncertainty can quickly become the norm and the need for a concrete and caring support system becomes more important than ever.

“I met Katie in August 2013 while she was participating in our Adolescent Initiative Program (AIP) and taking Life Skills classes offered through this program. Katie was interested in being matched with a mentor and I had the opportunity to interview her for our Mentoring Program.  I was so impressed with how lively and ambitious she was despite her past experiences and current challenges. She demonstrated perseverance and immediately knew that with guidance and support, her perseverance would flourish and take her to amazing heights of personal success,” recalls Rosaleen Holohan, Tabor Mentoring Specialist.

Anne was a successful professional who had recently transitioned from a corporate job in Philadelphia to a quieter pace of life and was looking for a volunteer position to give back to the community.  Anne’s mentoring interview was memorable. She had a graceful and caring demeanor and it was clear how much she had to give to a young lady in Foster Care. When looking for a mentor, Tabor looks for someone who is honest, flexible, positive, an active listener and embraces differences. Tabor found all of these attributes and more in Anne.

Katie and Anne were introduced and a bond formed immediately. Katie and Anne met each week to spend time together. In the beginning, they went out for ice cream, a bite to eat and occasionally a movie.  The day before each meeting, Anne would call the house parents of the home Katie was living it to confirm that Katie and she would be able to meet as planned. As Katie recalls, “this is when I really began to build trust in Anne and her commitment to me. I was so happy that Anne wanted to spend time with me and was interested in helping me.”

Challenges began to increase in both Katie’s academic and personal life during her high school years and Katie was transferred to a residential school eight hours away. Katie’s perseverance was put to the test as she started to have doubts about her ability to graduate and her future. Anne never stopped believing in her.

“It was during this difficult time in my life that I realized Anne was more than committed to me, she was devoted.”  Anne never gave up trying to be in contact with Katie. They spoke on the phone and wrote letters to each other, letters that they both cherish to this day. Anne would even make the eight hour round trip journey to see Katie as often as possible. It was Anne’s devotion that gave Katie hope.

Katie eventually was able to move back to the area for her senior year of high school.  Knowing that Anne had her back, Katie worked extremely hard and was determined to overcome her obstacles, make smart decisions and graduate high school.  Katie not only graduated, she applied to colleges because of Anne’s encouragement.  She was even accepted to each school she applied. Katie decided on a small liberal arts college that offered the major she was interested in, Psychology.

In December of 2016, Katie completed her first semester spent a lot time with Anne over the holidays.  What have they done with their time together?  Baking cookies and pies for family and friends.

When asked what she thought her life might have been like if she did not have a mentor, Katie responded, “without Anne I can honestly say, I would never have graduated and become a college student. Anne motivated me to succeed in school and she changed my life.  She is like a second mother to me.”

Anne won Tabor’s 2016 Mentor of the Year Award

anne-and-rosaleen

Anne, Tabor Mentor and Rosaleen Holohan, Tabor Mentoring Specialist

 

 

What is Mentoring Really Like IN REAL LIFE? Joe and Robin’s Story

What is Mentoring Really Like?

Though each mentoring story is different, they are all inspiring.

We are sharing IN REAL LIFE stories throughout the month of January in honor of National Mentoring Month. We hope they inspire you get involved and attend our Mentoring Open House and Information Session from 5PM-7PM on January 31, 2017 at 601 New Britain Road, Doylestown, PA 18901.

Joe and Robin

As a young inner-city child in a single-parent household, Joe was one of many young people facing an opportunity gap – as he describes it, “the odds were stacked against me.” Robin became Joe’s mentor when he was just 8 years old, and they both saw immediate changes, notably in the improvement of Joe’s grades. But the changes, a “ripple effect,” as Joe notes, would extend far beyond that.

The video, The Mentoring Effect, tells the story of Robin and Joe who were matched through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay when Joe was just eight years old. Their long-term relationship has impacted the lives of many people as Joe has grown to be a man committed to giving back to his community. This story exemplifies the mentoring effect and was the opening that set the stage for the 2015 National Mentoring Summit.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tabor Engages Volunteers with Public Awareness Campaign, IN REAL LIFE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Amanda Hoffman
Amanda.hoffman@tabor.org
610-202-9812

CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH
TABOR CHILDREN’S SERVICES ENGAGES VOLUNTEERS WITH PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN, IN REAL LIFE

DOYLESTOWN, PA – January is National Mentoring Month, and this year Tabor Children’s Services (Tabor) is celebrating 15 years of the mentoring movement and expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community’s young people with caring adult volunteers by sharing In Real Life stories and raising funds for the Adolescent Caring Fund.

Mentoring relationships are defined by the connections made between a caring adult and a young person who knows that someone is there to help guide them through real life decisions, empower them to make smart choices and put them on a path to success.

“The focus of our public awareness and recruitment campaign is to incite inspiration and support by highlighting the impact mentoring has on both the mentee and the mentor. Supporting the Adolescent Caring Fund will ensure that our real life mentoring relationships are thriving, impactful and life changing for our youth who are ‘aging out’ of child welfare,” said Rosaleen Holohan, Tabor Mentoring Specialist.

“Over the past fifteen years, mentoring has gained so much momentum, in large part due to National Mentoring Month.  Mentoring is a critical part of developing positive relationships within our community – mentoring is proven to have a positive effect on academic, social, and economic outcomes for our young people,” said Nykea Alvarez-Macey, Tabor Mentoring Specialist.

Research shows that mentors can play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible choices, attend and engage in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior like drug use.  In turn, these young people are:

  • 55% more likely to be enrolled in college.
  • 81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities.
  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities.
  • More than twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club or sports team.

Yet, the same research shows that 9 million young people in our country will grow up without a mentor.

National Mentoring Month each January allows for unique engagement from community members interested in becoming a mentor.  This year, Tabor is encouraging the public to become involved in making a real life impact by participating in the following events, public awareness and social media campaigns:

.GWSigHoverLeft { BACKGROUND: url(FILE://C:/Program Files/Novell/GroupWise/ofviews/win/hidesig.png) no-repeat left top } .GWSigHoverRight { BACKGROUND: url(FILE://C:/Program Files/Novell/GroupWise/ofviews/win/downarrowsig.png) no-repeat right top } .GWSigHoverMiddle { BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ebf5f5 }

January 1st-31st  – You can make a charitable contribution to Tabor’s Sadowski Adolescent Caring Fund in honor of National Mentoring Month!

January 1st-31st – Tabor will be initiating dialogue on the importance of quality mentoring, sharing In Real Life stories and recruiting volunteer mentors. To learn more and get involved visit Tabor’s Mentoring Blog.

January 12th is I Am A Mentor Day – A day for volunteer mentors to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world. Tabor mentors have reflected on their experiences and Tabor will be sharing their comments on  social media and the Mentoring Blog. Anyone who has mentored is encouraged to share their experience on social media using #MentorIRL.

January 17th is International Mentoring Day and Tabor will host the annual Lehigh Valley Mentor Appreciation Dinner at Yanni’s Taverna in Bethlehem, PA.

January 25th – Tabor will host our annual Bucks County Mentor Appreciation Dinner at Villa Barolo in Warrington, PA. *Please note the date change from the 12th.  

On the 17th and 25th volunteer mentors will come together for these private events to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world. Tabor will also be awarding a mentor with the Mentor of the Year Award. Pictures and video footage from the events will be shared on Tabor’s Mentoring Blog.

January 19th – #ThankYourMentorDay is a day for all who have had real life mentoring experiences to thank those who helped them on their path to adulthood and beyond. Tabor will be releasing special thank you announcements through social media and their Mentoring Blog. Anyone who has had a mentor is encouraged to say thank you by sending a note, a card or sharing a story on social media using #MentorIRL.

January 31stInterested in learning more about becoming a volunteer mentor? Join Tabor for a Mentoring Open House and Information Session from 5PM-7PM at 601 New Britain Road, Doylestown, PA 18901 to learn more about the benefits of becoming a mentor. Register for the event by contacting  Rosaleen.Holohan@tabor.org.

 

About National Mentoring Month is led by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with support from the Highland Street Foundation. Each year since its launch in 2002, National Mentoring Month has enjoyed the strong support of the President and the United States Congress. Other prominent individuals who have participated in the campaign include: Maya Angelou, former President Bill Clinton, Clint Eastwood, Quincy Jones, Cal Ripken Jr., Bill Russell and Usher.

About Tabor Children’s Services (Tabor) is non-profit community-based child welfare organization. Providing services to approximately 1,400 children annually throughout Bucks County, Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley, Tabor is one of the few agencies with dedicated programs for both children who have endured abuse and neglect and young adults who are “aging out” of the child welfare system.

Founded in Doylestown 109 years ago, Tabor’s vision has led to a rich history of serving children and families in need and now serves as a multi-service community-based organization providing in-home child and familial support services, foster care, adoption, adolescent programs, life skill training and mentoring.

To learn more about the role mentoring plays in our community and to find volunteer opportunities visit Tabor.org or our Mentoring Blog. Visit us on Facebook @TaborServices.

###

mentor_irl_logo_g

nmm_seal_2016

It’s National Mentoring Month #INREALLIFE!

 

National Mentoring Month (NMM) is the largest-scale mentoring campaign nationwide, culminating each year with the National Mentoring Summit. The campaign was launched by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.

This year’s theme will reflect on the past 15 years of National Mentoring Month, real life mentoring relationships that have been formed and are thriving, and the incredible impact mentoring has had.

THE CAMPAIGN

January 2017 marks Tabor’s adolescent caring appeal and public awareness and recruitment campaign, In Real Life. Tabor will be focusing on raising funds for youth who are preparing to  “age out” of child welfare and on to independent adult lives, as well as sharing our In Real Life stories to inspire mentors and highlight the impact mentoring has on both the mentor and the mentee.

January 1st-31st you can make a tax deductible contribution to our Sadowski Adolescent Caring Fund in honor of National Mentoring Month! Your charitable contribution will provide our “aging out” youth with motivation & success!

Our youth “age out” of the child welfare system and on to independent adult lives each year. We help them through this process as a traditional family member would.

Charitable contributions directly impact their future success by  providing them with mentor relationships, life skill training, educational assistance and housing resources.  Your support motivates our youth and prepares them  for  success as independent adults who will lead positive and productive roles in community and society.

Make your secure online charitable contribution in honor of National Mentoring Month here:

Sadowski Adolescent Caring Fund

January 1st-31st we will be initiating dialogue on the importance of quality mentoring programs and recruiting volunteer mentors!

January 12th is I Am A Mentor Day and we will host our annual Mentor Appreciation Dinner. Our volunteer mentors will come together to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world.

January 19th- #ThankYourMentorDay is a day for all who have real life mentoring experiences to thank those who helped them on their path to adulthood and beyond. We will be releasing special thank you announcements from our mentees!

Be sure to visit us on Facebook here: @TaborServices