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!
We will guide you through the entire process, join your for your first meeting together, and provide you with all the support and guidance needed.
Form a TrueMentors team
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
The Advisory Board meets monthly, usually the first Tuesday of the month, for about an hour. Email Chelsea at email@example.com to find our more.
TrueMentors' After School Mentoring
Our afterschool mentoring program is in partnership with the Engage! out-of-school time program at Hesperia Community Schools. Mentees are in grades kindergarten through fourth and mentors are Hesperia middle and high school students. Matches meet every Monday afternoon 4-5 p.m. throughout the school year.
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. 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 new mentoring program for middle school and high school students in Newaygo Public Schools. TrueBlue helps 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. Matches started in September 2018, meeting after school from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays at Newaygo Middle School, with a guided mentoring program. 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:
Mentoring Outreach Advocate
(231) 924-0641, ext. 109