As a parent of a Club M youth your role is important to the successful mentoring relationship between your child and the mentor. A mentor can provide positive attention to your child, introduce them to new hobbies or interests, and model healthy behaviors. All children need support, love, and caring adults and role models in their lives. Your decision to enroll your child in Club M is giving them one more person to have a positive influence on him/her. The more supportive you are about the mentoring relationship, the more likely it is to be a healthy and successful one.
How you can support your child’s mentoring relationship*:
- …be a good listener. Share in your child’s excitement and concerns about his/her mentor.
- …a schedule keeper. Help your child plan time to be with his/her mentor, and find ways to remind him/her about the next Club M date.
- …be a voice of gratitude. Help your child show his/her appreciation to his/her mentor. Find ways to show your appreciation for the volunteer’s time and attention.
Resources and Supports
Below you will find a listing of website links that can support you as a parent, give you guidance and tips on creating resilient children, and resources to help your child grow into a thriving, caring, contributing adult.
- Facts for Families: provided by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry this website is a list of fact sheets on varying topics, disorders, and concerns.
- Supporting your child’s mentoring relationship
Please contact the Club M Program Staff if you have any questions, need additional support, or want to find a mentor for your child.
Contact Cassie Gerst at (319) 753-2211 ext. 1054 or email her at email@example.com for further information about mentoring relationships for your child.
*From Mentoring for Meaningful Results: Asset-Building Tips, Tools, and Activities for Youth and Adults.
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