2gether can change a life 4ever!
Adult Mentors Needed
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Times Two (formerly Friends for Youth) has provided “community-based
mentoring” for the youth of Rowan County. Rowan County
Youth Services Bureau, a private, non-profit agency, operates
Times Two (X2), which is part of the Governor’s One-On-One
Volunteer Program, a Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
The purpose of Times Two (X2) is to match at-risk youth, between
7 – 17 years of age, with caring and responsible adult
mentors in the community.
Check & References Interview with X2 staff Program/Volunteer training
Matched with youth follow up with X2 staff.
to X2 Documentation Interview with X2 staff Program overview meeting Matched
with adult men to follow up with X2 staff
Once the match
is approved, the one-on-one relationship begins. The pair should
time together for at least two hours per week (i.e. personal
contact, telephone, and email/IM).
X2 staff recommends well-balanced activities including recreational,
cultural, educational, arts and history, business, etc. that
provide an enriching and fun experience for both the adult and
youth. In addition, X2 staff plans monthly activities -- everyone
is invited to come and participate including prospective program
participants (adults, youth and family).
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When mentor Joe Trainor met Michael Haire back in 2002,
the sixth-grade student lacked confidence and focus at school
and at home. Michael's dad had died in an automobile accident
in 2000. Obviously, it was tragic and painful for the whole
family. But after two years, Michael's mother said he was still
very angry and emotionally uptight. He had a poor attitude,
temper outbursts and his disruptive behavior led to numerous
suspensions and failing grades. The school referred him to the
Rowan County Youth Services Bureau. Could the agency's mentoring
program help Michael? Would an adult mentor really make a difference
and Go to Full Story (Salisbury Post, September 26, 2005)
you ready to make a difference?
Are you ready to be a mentor?
Here is info worth knowing:
· Each mentor is unique but they all demonstrate a real
sense of care and concern for young people; they recognize the
need for volunteers and service; and all want to give back in
a positive way.
· Mentors must also be over 18 years of age, complete
an application and interview, a criminal background check and
provide four approved references
to download an application.
|| Print, complete and
mail the application to:
Rowan County Youth
P.O. Box 4217
Salisbury, NC 28145-4217
Rowan County Youth
318A North Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For more information call 704.633.5636.
Got Questions? Need more
information? Email Liz Tennent Rose or call 704.633.5636.
- Why is it called
Times Two? The new name and logo, X2, represent a shared
vision: 2hours 2gether can change a life 4ever!
- How is Times Two
funded? The position is state-funded via the N.C. Department
of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The
services and activities are locally funded by the United
Way of Rowan County, thanks to the generosity of contributors
and approval by the RCUW board of directors.
- Where do the youth
referrals come from? Most of the referrals come through
the local juvenile court system; however, local schools,
the Rowan County Department of Social Services, parents
and other legal guardians have referred at-risk youth
to the X2 program.
- How many youth
in the program currently have mentors? 13 (as of 9.25.05)
- How many youth
are waiting for mentors? Thirty-one — and the
list grows weekly.
- Why are so many
waiting to be matched? There are not enough adult volunteers.
Hard to believe isn't it? According to 2003 census data,
our county's population (over the age of 18) is almost
- Why should I mentor?
Not every adult can (or should) mentor. However, as
the waiting list of youth seeking mentors continues
to grow, it's important to consider the time and talents
we might offer. Why don't more of us volunteer to mentor?
Perhaps we feel we don't have the time; or we feel anxious
or scared about youth; or we wonder: What we could possibly
share in common with a young person? You'd be surprised.
Click here to read about Joe and Michael.
- What's required
to be a mentor? Each mentor is unique but they all demonstrate
a real sense of care and concern for young people; they
recognize the need for volunteers and service; and all
want to give back in a positive way. Mentors must also
be over 18 years of age, complete an application and
interview, a criminal background check and provide four
approved reference forms.
All adult volunteers are screened and trained by X2
staff before becoming mentors. Volunteers also participate
in Mentor Training, three hours of information, suggestions
and discussion designed to prepare volunteers for their
mentoring relationship. Throughout their year-long participation
in the program, mentors receive continuous support from
the X2 program: volunteer manuals, bi-monthly newsletters
and in-service trainings. Staff also coordinates group
activities such as holiday gatherings, arts and cultural
activities, recreational and outdoor fun, and interactive
sessions that reinforce the on-going relationships
- Does mentoring
really make a difference? Compared with other at-risk
youth, those involved in a meaningful relationship with
an adult mentor are:
· 27% less likely to begin drinking alcohol
· 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
· 33% less likely to engage in violent behavior
· 52% less likely to skip school
(“Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big
Brothers Big Sisters of America,”
Public/Private Ventures, 1995.)
What’s your question? Need more information? Email
Liz Tennent Rose or call 704.633.5636.
Whether young people (ages
7 – 17) come to us voluntarily
or have been referred by the Juvenile Justice System,
we work to make their experience with us positive.
Our goal is to create a positive relationship that will
allow everyone involved to learn and grow.
Most of the referrals come
through the local
juvenile court system; however, local schools,
the Rowan County Department of Social Services,
parents and other legal guardians have referred
at-risk youth to the X2 program. Per state guidelines,
60% of our referrals must be through juvenile court;
the balance can be a combination of other community sources.
Ways to Get Involved
X2 has proven to be a valuable resource for
child-service professionals and more importantly,
for at-risk youth. Your support of X2 is crucial if
we are to provide necessary, quality services to
our community. Please help Rowan County keep
pace with the spirit of service that has inspired
our community and our nation.
Business Support - Let’s get creative!
If your organization is primarily made up of
professionals, consider job-shadowing programs.
Bringing young people into an office environment
can give them a better idea of the demands of
the workplace. Sponsorships are also needed.
Click here for Mentoring Matters
Government Support – Let’s get involved!
Promote a culture of mentoring by granting leave
to government employees who mentor youth through
formal programs. (For example, one hour per week.)
For more ways and ideas on how to get involved, click
Local Community & Citizen Support – Take Action!
Proactively support mentoring. Be a local mentor.
Support the Rowan County United Way who provides
operating funds for the X2 program. Consider a
sponsorship to help X2 cost-effectively communicate
secure adult mentors. Send
your message to national
leaders in support of mentoring programs.
Lion – Shop and Share
Please help support Rowan County Youth Services Bureau
Link your MVP card to our agency, then shop at Food
Thanks for your support!
To register your MVP card now, click
If your organization needs a guest speaker, please call
Liz Tennent Rose at 704.633.5636 or click here to send
an email. She will be happy to come and speak with your
group, e.g. local civic clubs, agencies, church groups,
businesses, neighborhood groups and other organizations
in Rowan County. Please include the name of your organization,
contact person, telephone number and the date/time of
the presentation request. Liz will promptly reply to your
request to confirm availability and schedule. Thank you.
Times Two Mentoring Program
Rowan County Youth Services Bureau
318-A North Main Street
P.O. Box 4217
Salisbury, NC 28145-4217