MISSION & VISION
Our mission is to Strengthen, Help, Inspire, and Encourage Leadership Development by delivering structured mentoring activities and programs for young people. Our goal is to provide guidance and development to young individuals and equip them with the skills to create a successful and bright future. We strive to ensure that every youth is provided with the opportunity to reach their full potential.
We are dedicated to providing mentoring programs that are tailored to the unique needs of each individual youth. Our program helps youth build strong relationships with caring adults, learn important life skills, and develop a sense of purpose. Our goal is to foster a safe and supportive environment for youth to grow and reach their goals.
OUR HISTORY: Serving Guilford County and Surrounding Areas with In-Person and Online Mentoring Experiences
A Rich History of Empowering Youth
Welcome to the SHIELD Mentor Program, a nonprofit youth-serving organization dedicated to empowering young individuals between the ages of 9 and 18 in Guilford County and the surrounding areas. As parents, we understand the importance of finding the right support system for our children, and that's why we're here to provide you with valuable mentoring opportunities.
Making a Positive Impact in Our Community
The SHIELD Mentor Program has a rich history of serving the youth in Guilford County and the surrounding areas. Since our establishment in 2008, we have been deeply committed to making a positive impact on the lives of young individuals within our community. Our in-person mentoring experiences allow us to directly engage with youth in Guilford County, fostering meaningful connections and providing invaluable guidance.
Tailored Mentoring Programs for Every Child
We recognize that every child is unique, and that's why our mentoring programs are tailored to meet the specific needs and aspirations of young individuals. Through our in-person initiatives, we create a safe and nurturing environment where young minds can flourish. Our dedicated mentors are carefully matched with mentees, ensuring a supportive and personalized experience for each participant. Together, they engage in character-building activities, leadership development exercises, and educational resources, all designed to empower youth to reach their full potential.
Expanding Our Reach with Online Mentoring
In addition to our in-person programs, we are excited to offer online mentoring experiences. We understand that life can be busy and that distance can sometimes pose challenges. That's why we have expanded our reach to provide accessible support through virtual platforms. Our online mentoring sessions enable us to connect with youth in Guilford County and the surrounding areas, regardless of their physical location. Through video calls, interactive workshops, and online resources, we ensure that young individuals can benefit from our programs from the comfort of their own homes.
Strong Community Partnerships for Lasting Impact
At the SHIELD Mentor Program, we take pride in our strong community partnerships. We actively collaborate with local organizations, schools, and community leaders to enhance the impact of our programs. By working together, we create a network of support that empowers youth and strengthens our community as a whole.
By offering in-person and online mentoring experiences in Guilford County and the surrounding areas, the SHIELD Mentor Program is dedicated to providing the guidance and support your child needs to thrive. Join us on this transformative journey and let's shape a brighter future for our youth together.
The objective of the SHIELD Mentor Program is:
To help young people experience leadership development that can strengthen them as individuals.
To help young people define positive goals by establishing objectives toward an aspired future.
To help young people make positive choices.
The structure of the mentoring programs creates an atmosphere that is designed to decrease the limitations in the lives of youth to help them become more likely to fulfill their highest potential. Studies have shown that mentoring encourages positive choices, promotes high self-esteem, supports youth’s academic achievement, and inevitably introduces young people to new ideas that foster their visions and dreams. SHIELD measures success by the personal growth and development we see in participating SHIELD youth over time in our program measured by a participant’s ability to set goals and achieve them, share life experiences, make better decisions, have positive beliefs and values, to articulate amongst a group, etc.
SHIELD subscribes to the Elements of Effective Practice (EEP), research and evidence‐based standards and guidelines for the development and operation of safe and effective mentoring as developed by MENTOR including implementing practices around: recruitment of Mentors and Mentees, Mentor and Mentee screening, Mentor training, matching of Mentors to Mentees, monitoring, support, and closure.