Author: Maria Lara

Why Do Mentors Matter?

Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunities.  This summer we were busy working with three youth from our Teen Independence and Mentoring Program to … Continued

Intern Highlight- Christian Rodriguez

  Christian Rodriguez joined the TRUE Mentors community in December of last year after finding out about our programs through Jersey Cares. Friendly, motivating and understanding, he initially built rapport with our youth during Tuesday night Enrichment Clubs. Always willing to help and learn, Chris interviewed for an intern position in the Spring and has … Continued

Mentoring Youth Summer 2020

Covid-19 has created an environment where mentor and mentees have been forced to keep their relationship going while meeting virtually. Some mentors met via weekly chats over FaceTime, others interacted by joining weekly virtual enrichment clubs and trivia game. TRUE Mentors thanks all of our mentors who have committed to supporting their mentee and helping … Continued

June Mentoring Highlight

Jose Blanco and Chris Bocus Meet Chris and Jose who have been matched for 1 year and 6 months! This duo met at TRUE Mentors Enrichment Clubs and connected over their love for video games, specifically Rocket League. Transitioning from middle school to high school can be a tough time for a young teen. Luckily … Continued

Thank you to our Nurses from TRUE Mentors Enrichment Clubs!

Starting April 7, 2020 TRUE Mentors launched virtual Enrichment Clubs in the hopes of continuing to engage our participants in healthy activities despite isolation barriers.  Enrichment Club sessions for April – May 2020 are being offered via zoom and include such topics as: yoga and meditation, BollyHIIT, mandala drawing, circus club, science experiments and origami.  … Continued

Virtual Mentoring and Group Resources

The Coronavirus is causing upheaval for our communities and much of our world. So how can mentors have an impact while they are unable to meet physically with their matches?      Here are some suggestions on what community based mentors can do: Call and ask questions about what and how mentees are doing.   Encourage. … Continued

COVID-19 Quarantine Resources

As the current public health concern involving the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to unfold, we here at TRUE Mentors understand that many of our volunteers and participants are highly concerned. As a precautionary measure in-person TRUE Mentors programs will be suspended until further notice. We have Virtual Programs running through May 31st. TRUE Mentors … Continued