How mentoring makes a difference

A positive adult figure can make all the difference for kids and teens who need extra support. Mentor North is all about making those connections in the Twin Ports.

Communications Coordinator Samantha Smingler says the organization is almost always looking for mentors, right now they need 32 male mentors. “Sometimes people ask me what kind of mentor or things do you have to be good at. The answer is none. Whatever you’re interested in, we have a youth that has those interests.”

“We match people on those common interests and lived experiences and goals and it end up being such a rich experience for both the mentor and the youth.”

Mentor North stands about because it has a lot of support it offers mentors and families. They’ll answer questions about mental health and they’re offering training.

If you want to support the program in another way, Mentor North is putting on its annual Summer Fest. It’s Thursday, June 27 from 5 – 9 p.m. at Earth Rider. Tickets are $8 or $10 in advance. The event features live music form Derecho Rhythm Sector and Berserk Blondes. There will be food trucks, yard games, a photo booth, and prizes to win.