Businesses can get involved in an unique way, offering mentoring opportunities to our local youth by allowing employees to become mentors who either meet at their place of employment or a local elementary school; during the workday, for one hour, once a week or on alternating weeks.
Share your......TIME.... SKILLS... KNOWLEDGE....TALENT
Be a ..... TRUSTED TEACHER.... FRIEND....MENTOR
Program 1: meets at the youth/mentee's elementary school. The adult would be matched with a child in one of our 4 elementary schools. Age of mentee will be K - 5th grades.
Program 2: meets at the adult/mentor's workplace. The adult would be matched with a child in our middle school. This is a valuable, hands-on opportunity for youth to broaden their vision and understanding of a future career. Age of mentee is 6th-8th grade.
TRAM works closely with the elementary schools and middle school staff in developing the right fit for these matches.
According to "Mentoring Makes the Grade" by Sandy Cuttshall:
46% of mentored youth are less likely to use drugs;
33% of mentored youth are less likely to commit violent acts;
64% of mentored youth achieve higher grades;
65% of mentored youth improve relationships with peers
It's about bridging the gap between schools, home, and the community. The children of our community are our future. Although the experiences and needs of children in the TRAM program ate not always the same, the fact is that they share common problems and uncertainties about their futures. By building on our local resources to help these children with personal growth, skill development, and social interaction, they will be better equipped to lead a healthy, productive life. TRAM believes that members of the community realize the value of mentoring. By investing in their future at a young age, it is projected that less tax money will be needed for support of rehabilitation services in the future.
TRAM is a recipient of St. Joseph County United Way funds.