Mentors enjoy being in the life of an adolescent, modeling and sharing values. (One-year commitment, at least twice a month)  

  • Join a mentoring community that trains and inspires men and women to become relational mentors
  • Become a trusted friend as you “show up,” “live out,” and “speak in”
  • Be matched with an adolescent from Bloomingdale Church or community-based mentoring program.

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Mentor & Program-Based Mentor Application – Bloomingdale Church NextGen Volunteer Application 

Mentor Application – Community PartnerMentoring Commitment Form

What is a Mentor?

  • Trusted friend
  • Faithfully shows up
  • Positive Role Model
  • Nurturer
  • Coach
  • Cheerleader
  • Supporter

Mentor Tools (TMP)

Showing Up (Love) ➝ Living Out (Model) ➝ Speaking In (Coach)

Mentoring Best Practices

  • Stay connected to your mentoring community.
    • Share stories with other mentors.
    • Ask for advice.
    • Do mentoring activities together.
  • Show up. Be consistent and dependable.
    • Create a clear meeting time with mentee’s parent/guardian (including “pick up” and “drop off” expectations).
  • Maintain an unconditional presence.
    • Give undivided attention.
    • Silence your phone.
    • Participate in active listening: make eye contact, use open posture, be attentive, and reflect the mentee’s statements and emotions
    • Learn to say, “How did that make you feel?”
    • Learn to say, “That’s interesting, tell me more about that,” or “I’m a little confused, help me understand what you are saying.”
  • Identify interests and hobbies.
    • Decide together what they are going to do.
    • Do things you both like together. Have fun.
    • Allow mentee to take the lead.
  • Practice safe communication and safe boundaries.