Why are high school students trained longer than adult mentors?
The high school students go through a 13-week curriculum and learn how to be interact with children in the Mālama Mentors program. It is important to us that our mentors are well-trained and equipped with the skills necessary to mentor. Our mentors are taught how to play games, read books, listen and talk with their child. They learn the importance of their mentoring mission in the child’s life.
How do Mentors get to the elementary school?
Schools are matched based on their close proximity. Mentors will be able to walk to their child's elementary school.
How are mentors chosen?
Students apply to be in the program. After interviewing candidates and completing a background check, program staff select the most qualified candidates.
How are mentees chosen?
Counselors and teachers at the elementary school know which children need the extra attention from a mentor. They decide which children should be in the program.
What happens if my child doesn't show up the day of mentoring?
We recommend that the mentors call their coach the day before to remind them of their weekly meeting (mentors, make sure you get your coach's contact information ASAP!). If the child does not show up, the mentor may join another mentor and mentee pair.
How dO I get Involved?
Check to see if Mālama Mentors is implemented in your high school here. If you'd like to get involved, ask your school counselor how you can apply. Applicants must be compassionate, have a heart for kids, be able to balance a schedule that does not conflict with mentor training (1st semester) and mentoring sessions (2nd semester), and be of good/fair academic standing.
What is the Difference between Big Brothers Big Sisters?
We love BBBS! Both of our organizations believe that a one-on-one friendship with a child can create positive and significant change that will ripple throughout the community. In order to be a mentored participant in BBBS, someone must enroll the child whether it be a parent, aunty or grandpa. The children in our program have no one to enroll them in anything--after school soccer, baseball, girl/boy scouts. We pick the children in schools no one has time for. We choose them because there is no one there who encourages them, talks with them, or listens to them. They're the lonely kids and we make sure to provide them a friend.