Posts Tagged 'Mentoring'

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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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


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 or (515) 321-5077 to schedule an MRA orientation.

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Winterset Mentoring Needs

By Barb Shultz

We have the following mentor needs to fill in Winterset:

  • A 7th grade boy who would like to be a mechanic, enjoys being outdoors, hanging out with friends and would like to be matched with someone he can talk with easily.
  • A 5th grader who likes video games, animals, and bike riding.
  • A 6th grade girl who likes music, going for walks and talking on the phone.
  • An 8th grader who would like someone to “talk with about stuff”.
  • A 5th grader that likes fishing, motorcycles and dogs.
  • A girl that enjoys girly movies and likes to laugh.
  • A young girl that would like to become a veterinarian.

These are just a few of the young people we have that still need a mentor.  There are currently 20 kids matched with mentors in the Winterset area.  Many more would like to be matched that SOY doesn’t have mentors for.  All mentors attend training sessions and go through extensive background checks.

Think about it.  Who mentored you?  If you have a few minutes as week that you can spend with a young person and live in Winterset or Madison County please contact me at or (515) 250-8018.

In addition to the regular mentoring program, there is also an annual summer school program, which continues through the school year.  SOY is currently working with Winterset Community Schools to get an in-school program going.


Barb Shultz is the volunteer coordinator for our mentoring program in Winterset, IA.  Barb started as a mentor in 2003, and in 2005 joined SOY’s staff.  She is also involved in the youth ministry at her church – First Baptist Church in Winterset.

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I don’t have enough time…

You may be thinking that when you hear about the awesome opportunity that you have to become a mentor.

Consider that the average time commitment is around 60-90 minutes per week.  What are some activities that equate to that amount of time?

  • In less time that it take for you to watch the Super Bowl (or the ads).
  • Can watch a video in less time.
  • Watch American Idol twice

Also consider what you are currently doing that you can include a youth?  Grocery shop?  Prepare a meal at home?  Take your mentee on a family outing?  There are many ways you can make time in your schedule for a kid who needs you.

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Communicating with Difficult Kids Training

We had Kim Combs, LBSW/M.Ed come lead a training for our mentors on how to communicate and connect with difficult kids.  Kim has 25 years of experience working with high-risk boys in residential settings and as a foster parent.  It was excellent training.  Here are some pictures of the training held at Valley Church last night.





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