Anyone may refer a child to our program, but school counselors, social service organizations, and parents/guardians are our primary source of referrals. While all youth benefit from support from non-parent adults, we look for particular markers in youth such as:
A desire to have a mentor
A functional IQ
Untapped leadership potential
A lack of connection and involvement in activities
Having relationship issues with peers
Low self-esteem and self-confidence
Experiencing family difficulties
Struggling with grades, behavior, or attendance
Aspiring Girls matches caring women with girls in kindergarten through high school in a one-to-one relationship. Kindergarten through fifth-grade girls and their mentors meet individually each week. Sixth-grade through twelfth-grade girls meet weekly as a group with their mentors on the school campus. A group facilitator plans weekly activities. Volunteer mentors commit to one year of mentoring or longer.
Aspiring Girls was originally established as a pilot project in 1996 called Forever Friends and has grown to a program now serving six school districts.
Aspiring Boys matches adult male mentors with kindergarten through twelfth grade boys. Mentors meet individually with their mentees weekly on the school campus. They inspire and encourage young people who can benefit from additional adult support. Volunteer opportunities for Aspiring Boys are available on campuses in Longview, Pine Tree, Spring Hill, Hallsville, and White Oak independent school districts.
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