Share your life to change a life
Research shows youth benefit from having four-six non-parental caring adults in their life to support them in promoting positive and healthy life choices and reduce risks associated with anti-social behavior and social isolation.
Mentoring relationships are essential to helping students discover who they are, develop skills, and learn how to engage with the world. (source: Search Institute)
“Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. “
“I like being able to talk to someone else. I also like being able to get another perspective on things. I have someone to talk to that understands me and understands what I am going through.”
Students in YMI experience:
- Increased self-confidence and an improved sense of self-worth
- A better understanding of accountability and social responsibility
- Improved communication skills particularly in identifying and dealing with emotions
- Healthier social interactions with peers and family members
The Fishers community benefits by:
- Having engaged, socially responsible individuals that are invested in the future and success of Fishers
- Increased social connection and volunteer opportunities improve the overall health of individuals and their communities.
- More adults who know how to engage those younger than themselves in common everyday interaction, helping younger people feel like they are valued and appreciated as members of the community
YMI mentors benefit from:
- Gaining an appreciation and understanding of the local school system and issues youth face
- Being challenged and growing just as much as the mentee
- Learning how to connect with and support a student in their journey
Here are some questions you may have about YMI mentoring and a simple answer to help you better understand how beneficial mentoring is.
What is YMI?
What does school-based mean?
What type of mentors are you looking for?
How do you choose which students get a mentor?
YMI’s philosophy is that every student benefits from having another caring adult in their life. Any student can be recommended to the YMI program! Most of our student referrals come from School Counselors, Social Workers, or parents who recognize the impact another caring adult could have on the life of a particular student. Oftentimes another listening ear can make all the difference!