The Lopez Island Mentor Program has been successfully matching adults and youth on Lopez since 1997. What is a mentor? A trusted friend, a guide, a good listener, a responsive and reliable adult. A successful mentor enjoys working with children and is willing to make a commitment of time and self.
The initial time commitment for a mentor and mentee relationship is six months. However, most often this relationship continues on much longer. Some relationships begin in elementary school and endure through high school and even into adulthood. Although most students are in elementary school when paired with a mentor, middle and high school students may also be matched.
Mentors and mentees typically spend 6-8 hours together each month, enjoying a variety of activities, such as arts and crafts, board games, outdoor activities, sports, and volunteering. There are currently over 20 active mentor-mentee pairs in the program.
“My decision to become a mentor was an intimidating one. Being an older person I wondered what I had to offer a young person and how we could spend a couple hours a week together without driving each other nuts. I quickly realized that I should not have worried. The program did a great job of matching us with each other and supporting me in addressing my urge to be over prepared. We’ve been spending time together for nearly three years. We’re good friends who enjoy the same kinds of things in spite of 55 years in age difference. I’m sure I get as much, if not more from the program as he does. Thanks for the opportunity.” – Mentor
“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, the kind of clothes I wore…But the world may be a much different place…Because I was important in the life of a child” –Author Unknown
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, or if you would like your child matched with a mentor, please contact Patsy Haber at the LIFRC (360-468-4117).