Now more than ever youth are in need of positive role models. TrueMentors exists to build self confidence and provide new experiences that support positive growth.
Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people there is someone who cares, assures they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges and shows they matter.
TrueMentors' Community Mentoring
Volunteers, ages 18 and older, are matched with Newaygo County youth, between the ages of 5 and 14, in a one-to-one mentoring relationship for a minimum of a one year commitment. Matches meet about four times each month and spend a minimum of eight hours each month together. Matches determine scheduling that works best for them to spend time together.
Become a Mentee! Become a Mentor!
TrueMentors will guide you through the entire process, join you for your first meeting together, and provide you with all the support and guidance needed.
Form a TrueMentors team
Grab a friend and enroll as a mentor with a partner and we can pair you with one child you mentor together or siblings you mentor separately as well as together.
Join the Advisory Board
TrueMentors is seking community members who want to make a difference but may not have the time committment needed to be a mentor. The Advisory Board meets monthly, usually the first Tuesday of the month in person or virtually, for about an hour. The Advisory Board discusses best practices for fundraising, recruitment of mentors and mentees, and programming. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
TrueMentors' After School Mentoring
Our after school mentoring program is done in partnership with the Engage! out-of-school time program at Hesperia Community Schools. TrueMentors provides learning and growth opportunities for students in Kindergarten through 12th grades. Students engage in brief lessons and activities under the guidance of Middle School and/or High School peer mentors and supervision by TrueMentors Staff. Programming is held in person or virtually every Thursday afternoon from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. throughout the school year. *Middle School/High School students begin at 3:30 p.m.
TrueMentors' Parks in Focus
Parks in Focus is an outdoor based group mentoring program run through TrueMentors with support from the Udall Foundation and financial backing from the Fremont Area Community Foundation. The purpose of Parks in Focus is to connect youth to nature through photography. Parks in Focus encourages youth to be creative in applying lessons learned such as perspective, subject, macro, landscapes, and more. Each summer we take an annual week-long camping trip to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, as well as shorter local trips to state parks and public lands throughout the year. Take a moment to browse photos taken by our participants here.
TrueBlue Academy is a mentoring program that provides learning and growth opportunities for students in 5th-12th grades while engaged in brief lessons and activities with volunteer mentors under the guidance and supervision of TrueMentors Staff. These lessons help young people discover who they are, cultivate abilities to shape their own lives and learn how to engage with and contribute to the world around them. Programming is held in person after school at Newaygo Middle school or virtually on Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The program is a partnership with Newaygo Police Department and Newaygo Public Schools and is funded by grants from Fremont Area Community Foundation and United Way of the Lakeshore.
To inquire about TrueMentors and the variety of ways to be involved, contact email@example.com or (231) 924-0641, ext. 109.