A mentor empowers young people to make smart choices that put them on the path to making better life decisions.
1 in 3 youth are growing up without a mentor’s support. You can make a difference by becoming a mentor.
With a mentor, youth are
- 55% more likely to be enrolled in college
- 81% more likely to participate regularly in sports or extracurricular activities
- 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities
- 90% of youth who have had a mentor say they are now interested in becoming mentors
Rice County is fortunate to boast three mentoring programs, each with an individual niche. To learn more about the three programs and express your interest in becoming a mentor, please complete the interest form below:Mentor Interest Form
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota
Serving youth ages 5-14 in Rice, Steele, Dodge, and Waseca Counties.
Community Based Program- matches get together a couple times a month for a couple hours and do activities in the community they enjoy. It might include playing in the park, visiting an exhibit, going bowling, or hanging out and talking.
Big Couple and Big Family options- volunteer together as a couple or with your whole family. Include a child in what you’re already doing.
Serving youth in grades 2-7.
Out of School Program – youth are matched with college students from Carleton or St. Olaf College and meet one hour per week on the college campus or other locations in the community. Youth explore the college campus while making connections and developing life skills.
Matches enjoy activities such as – walking around campus talking, playing board games, baking or playing catch.
Serving Northfield youth in grades 1-12.
School-based program – volunteers from the Northfield community meet with their mentee on school grounds, one hour per week, typically right after school with onsite staff to provide support.
Cross-age Peer mentoring – high school students are matched with elementary students and meet one hour per week after school.
Matches may shoot baskets, play Frisbee, play board games, do an art project or just spend time talking.