'OreMi' is a word that comes from the Yoruba people of West Africa and means, "my friend, my mentor, someone in whom I can confide." Our Mentoring Program is a preventative and strength-based program that offers children and youth a consistent adult role model. A mentoring relationship can help mentees overcome feelings of abandonment, low self-esteem, and sadness. It can also assist with improving academic performance and family relationships.
We build one-to-one mentoring relationships that provide consistent and positive role modeling for youth. We recruit, train, and support mentors to meet with their mentees for at least four hours per month for one year. Mentees are youth ages 4-18 who either have an incarcerated parent or are in foster care. Mentoring relationships can have a tremendous impact on the lives of youth by exposing them to new things, encouraging them to make positive choices, allowing them to express their feelings, teaching them new life skills, and providing someone on whom they can rely. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or know a young person who would benefit from a mentor relationship, please click on the links below.
Children who receive mentoring services:
- are 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
- are 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
- are 36% more trusting of their parent or guardian
- are 52% less likely to skip school, earn higher grades, and be more confident in their schoolwork
- are 86% more likely to go to college
- have 4 times fewer teen pregnancies
- have 4 times fewer arrests
- develop greater self-esteem and self-reliance
(Source: Public/Private Ventures)
For information about the OreMi Mentoring Program, contact us at (510) 834-2443 ext. 3033.