IMPACT A LIFE TODAY. TOMORROW DEPENDS ON IT!
It is a privilege to partner with our local schools through the Y Mentor program. Each of the 38 schools we serve across Pickens and Anderson Counties have students who are waiting to be paired with a mentor, so the need is great.
Mentors provide extra support to help students achieve their potential by committing to spend 30 minutes each week with a student while they are at school. We believe everyone, regardless of age, benefits from having positive one-on-one relationships with others. Childhood is an especially important time, and mentoring is the perfect way to invest in the life of a student! Mentors are a positive influence and catalyst in helping shape the future of our community.
Additionally, we have launched the Literacy Mentor Program in Pickens County. Literacy Mentors are much like traditional mentors but offer additional literacy support for students.
For anyone interested in mentoring please register for a Mentoring 101 training today! This class provides a detailed overview of the Y Mentor program and also serves as the required training for all prospective volunteers, if you choose to become a mentor. If you have already decided to become a mentor, go ahead and submit an online application, and you will be one step closer.
The success and impact of the Y Mentor program is a community effort! For more information or to learn how you can sponsor a school, please contact:
Pickens County School District: Cindy Perry at email@example.com or at (864) 307-0213
Anderson County District 1: Christy Coffee at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (864) 625-2065
Literacy Mentor Program: Katherine Mayo at email@example.com or at (864) 309-0314
The YMCAs of Easley, Pickens & Powdersville are excited to bring the Y Mentor Program to Pickens and Anderson County. Our goal is to partner businesses, churches and civic organizations with elementary, middle and high schools in the area to provide a framework of support to help students achieve their potential and discover their strengths.
Mentoring 101 Training
This 2 hour training is designed to equip and educate you on how to be an effective mentor.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is there a fee to attending training?
I am ready to be a mentor! What do I do? Two things you can do now:
Do I have to attend a training in my school district?
Refer A Student
Thank you for what you are doing for the students!. Your efforts are so appreciated and your impact will be great on a young life. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us!
Report Outside Mentoring Hours
Y Mentor Pickens County Facebook
Y Mentor Anderson School District 1 Facebook
115 Conversation Starters
Dept. of Social Services
30 Questions to Ask Your Kid Instead of "How was your day?"
Mentee and/or Family
The Dream Center
Duke Energy Helping Hands Program
Duke Energy Share the Warmth Program
The Parenting Place
Pickens County Advocacy Center
United Way of Anderson County
United Way of Pickens County
Outside Mentoring is an additional, optional layer that a mentor can request when he/she wants to meet with their mentee outside school hours and off school grounds. Please review all polcies and procedures on the Off-Site and Waiver Permission form, as well as the Overview and Additional Policiesdocument below. In order to participate in OM, you must:
- have met with your mentee at least 10 times
- print, sign and date the Off-Site Waiver and Permission form and return to the Director
- wait until you receive approval from the Director
- complete the Off-Site Reporting Form when you plan an activity with your mentee. This must be completed and submitted online. Print outs will not be accepted.
Sign, date and return the Outside Mentoring Waiver to the Program Director for your district. Once they obtain the parent/guardian signature, you will be notified. Do not arrange visits with your mentee offsite (away from school) until you have received approval from our staff. The waiver remains in effect indefinitely until withdrawn by the parent/guardian, so you only need to complete the Waiver once. However, you will need to complete the Off-Site Reporting Form for each Outdoor Mentoring activity.