Archive for the 'Mentoring' Category

Banquet Speaker – Barry Griswell

The former CEO of Principal Financial Group, Barry Griswell, was our speaker for our 4th Annual Spring Banquet.  Below is a video of parts of his speech.

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Banquet Mentor Testimony

We appreciated having Darin Wogen share about his experience as a mentor at our banquet last week.  You can watch and listen to him share in the video below.  Introducing him is Brooke Bouma of WHO-TV 13 who was the emcee for the evening.

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Thank you Ryan Cosgrove

Ryan playing hangman on the computer with a youth at the shelter. One of our informal mentors, Ryan Cosgrove, is graduating from Grand View College (which is right across the street from Polk County Youth Services).  He has mentored seven boys in the last two years he served with us at the shelter.

He is going on to seminary in Pennsylvania, and we wish him the very best.  Thank you Ryan for your service!  The staff at the shelter appreciate your sacrifice of time coming to meet with the boys, and so do we.

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Mentor Training – 5/4/08

Serve Our Youth Network has an upcoming mentor training on Sunday, May 4 (6:00p – 9:00p).

Our training will be held at Polk County Youth Services in Des Moines (1548 Hull Ave. in Des Moines).  To RSVP contact Shane Vander Hart by e-mail or at (515) 321-5077 by Friday, May 2. 

Our mentor training is free and attendees can expect to learn:

  • Roles and expectations of mentors
  • Details about SOY’s mentoring program (policies & procedures and screening and matching process)
  • Qualities of a successful mentor
  • Characteristics of the kids we serve.
  • How mentors help kids through asset-building.
  • How to communicate well with mentees.

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Speaking at RockFest

Shane Vander Hart, our Director of Ministries & Volunteer Development was asked to speak at RockFest 2 in between bands.

RockFest 2 was a Christian music event held in Pella, IA on 4/20/08.  Below is a video of Shane speaking.

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Mentor Recruitment Ambassadors

Ambassador

1. a messenger on a special mission

Serve Our Youth Network needs messengers who are willing to share the truth that mentoring works: it helps young people make positive life choices while building their self-confidence and values.  We need recruiters willing to ask the people in their world to consider giving their time, wisdom, and friendship to young people waiting for an adult to care about them.  As a Mentor Recruitment Ambassador, or MRA, you are truly a messenger with a special mission.

It begins with the goal of recruiting five adults into the interview process with Serve Our Youth Network.  Ambassadors focus on recruiting new mentors from specific groups and settings to which they have access such as:

  • Congregations
  • Service organizations and clubs
  • Colleges & Universities

Each MRA will receive individual training & support, as well as, be able to participate in MRA team meetings as well.  Each MRA will receive an starter kit that will include:

If you are interested in being a Mentor Recruitment Ambassador please contact Shane Vander Hart at shanev@serveouryouth.org or (515) 321-5077 to schedule an MRA orientation.

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March Mentor Training

We are going to hold our next mentor training on Monday, March 31 from 6:00p – 9:00pm at Polk County Youth Services in Des Moines (1548 Hull Ave. in Des Moines).  To RSVP contact Shane Vander Hart by e-mail or at (515) 321-5077.

Our mentor training is free and attendees can expect to learn:

  • Roles and expectations of mentors

  • Details about SOY’s mentoring program (policies & procedures and screening and matching process)

  • Qualities of a successful mentor

  • Characteristics of the kids we serve.

  • How mentors help kids through asset-building.

  • How to communicate well with mentees.

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