Our mentors come from all different backgrounds, but they all share a passion for supporting our children. TRUE Mentors is built around the idea that through healthy, encouraging relationships our greatest potential can be unearthed. When a child has the love, support and encouragement from a dedicated mentor and friend, there is no end to the possibilities life presents.
TRUE Mentors encourages Mentors and Mentees to create their own schedule and engage in activities they both enjoy. In partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Hoboken, we offer classes once a week for our mentors and children to participate in together. Check out our great list of activities on our calendar.
Wondering whether you’d be a good TRUE Mentor? Here is an overview of some of the requirements:
- 18 years or older
- Live in or around Hoboken, NJ
- Willing and able to commit a year to a relationship with a mentee
- Willing and able to spend a minimum of 8 hours per month with a mentee
- The desire to change the course of a child’s life as well as their own
- TRUE Mentors will interview you, train you and help you get a background check
Take the first step to making a difference in a child’s life, and fill out our online application. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Matches
“My mentor has helped me with how I respond to bullies, how I respond to disappointment and how to develop self control.”
“I like that he acts as an older brother, not my parent. He gives me helpful advice when needed, and looks out for me and points out when I did something wrong. This experience was life-changing. Other kids deserve the kind of relationship me and my mentor had. Someone they could trust and get advice from without being judged.”
I first learned about TRUE Mentors at the Chili Cook-off in 2016. I have always wanted to volunteer in Hoboken, but I was never able to commit to anything due to other obligations. A few months later I attended a TRUE Mentors fundraiser and learned more about the various volunteer opportunities that fit with my schedule. As a teacher, I am obviously passionate about children, and TRUE Mentors offered the perfect opportunity to volunteer.
I am one of the Mentee Interviewers. My job is to interview children interested in having a mentor. I also meet once a month with the Matching Team to identify strong matches for mentors and mentees. My favorite part about serving on the matching team is how exciting it is when you are able to make a great match between mentee and mentor.
Being a part of the TRUE Mentors community has rewarded me in so many ways. I have lived in Hoboken for 6 years, but work on Long Island, and don’t really feel connected to my community. Volunteering provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Even with a busy schedule, one can always find the time to give back to their community and help someone out. I think one of the biggest barriers to volunteering is the perceived lack of time, but TRUE Mentors offers so many programs for volunteers to get involved.
I read a book called The Bond that was written by three men who grew up under challenging circumstances in New Jersey. Each became a physician and mentoring helped them succeed. Their story and the enthusiasm of Susi and other volunteers at TRUE Mentors encouraged me to get involved back in 2011. As the Family Coordinator, I oversee the scheduling and interview process with our students and their parents.
During this intake phase, I explain the program, answer their questions, make sure necessary forms are filled out, and update our database with info that helps match students and mentors. If you want to invest in the lives of kids and teens, TRUE Mentors provides a great opportunity.
Marie Goczalk has lived in Hoboken since 2010. Marie joined TRUE Mentors in 2011 and has served in a variety of roles including Marketing and Class Volunteer. In spring of 2012, Marie stepped into the role of the Mentor Match Manager. She is responsible for interviewing all potential mentor applicants for the program and has since expanded to the role of Match Coordinator, overseeing the whole process of matching from application to the final matching of the mentors and mentees. Outside of TRUE Mentors, Marie works in operations for Morgan Stanley.
All mentor applicants will first meet with Marie for a 45 minute face-to-face interview. Marie is great at really getting to know our mentor applicants to help facilitate a match that is positive for both the mentor and mentee.