March 14, 2016 08:25 AM
Mentor Duluth is celebrating March by recruiting more volunteers. They hope to get 31 new mentors by the end of the month.
To learn more about the March into Mentoring campaign, we welcomed Mentor Duluth Marketing and Recruitment Specialist Josh Nonnemacher and Mentor Matt Wasmund to the show.
Josh says Mentor Duluth doesn't have any set requirements for potential mentors. They're just looking for people who want to make a difference in a young person's life.
"They come from all walks of life," he explains. "Just someone who wants to spend time with a youth in the community and expose them to new things."
Matt is one of those mentors. He says it's a rewarding and fun experience. Some activities he's done with his mentee include hiking, visiting Adventure Zone, and camping in State Parks.
For folks with different interests and time commitments, Josh says Mentor Duluth is flexible. They ask mentors to commit eight to 12 hours a month to mentoring, but that can change depending on the mentor and mentee's schedules.
Mentors are then set up with a youth between the ages of five to 18, with similar interests.
For anyone still on the fence about mentoring, Matt says it's a great option for giving back to the community, and investing time in our youth is definitely time well-spent.
"It is not nearly as intimidating as most people will work themselves up to think," he says. "Frankly, your goal is to give that child a fun couple hours that day, and if you can open your ears up and listen to them so that they feel someone can care about them a little bit more, then oftentimes actually that helps you to reflect on yourself."
March into Mentoring with Mentor Duluth lasts all through the end of the Month.
On Friday, April 1, there will be a Mentor Duluth Music Fundraiser at Tycoon’s Alehouse to celebrate the campaign.
Updated: March 14, 2016 08:25 AM
Created: March 14, 2016 07:50 AM
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