Updated: Jan 4
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2020
The SHIELD Mentor Program will relaunch mentoring services by pivoting to a virtual mentoring model – online, via videoconferencing, virtual chat and email – to reduce the amount of time loss for the SHIELD community to remain connected and keep mentoring.
The SHIELD Mentor Program receives an $8,780 Greensboro Virus Relief Fund Grant
Greensboro, NC – The SHIELD Mentor Program is excited to announce being a recipient of an $8,780 Greensboro Virus Relief Fund to transition into a virtual mentoring format in response to COVID-19 to keep mentoring.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to intersect two of my biggest passions — technology and mentoring — into a viable solution to meet the current needs of our youth and families,” says Precious McKoy, Founder/Executive Director at the SHIELD Mentor Program. “One of the ways we can do that is to ensure that our young people can remain in contact with positive role models no matter the circumstances to uplift, motivate, encourage and mentor young people as we continue to build stronger emotional and social support our youth.”
The continuation of programs and services will give youth participants the opportunity to attend online mentoring sessions facilitated by mentoring program staff. Together, youth and adult volunteers will participate in interactive workshops, team-building exercises, leadership development, and focus on a specific theme, such as goal setting, decision making, conflict resolution, effective communication, and teamwork.
Due to this unprecedented moment for those who have been displaced from the mentoring programs and services, the SHIELD Mentor Programs' expanded 2021 SHIELD Saturday Leadership Academy will accept applications on a rolling basis. For more information, please visit https://www.shieldmentor.org/ssla.
About the Virus Relief Fund Grant:
The funds were allocated from the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund which was established by United Way of Greater Greensboro, City of Greensboro, and Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. The Fund is managed by a Taskforce that is co-chaired by Larry Davis, Assistant City Manager, and Frank McCain, Vice President, Community Impact and Investment, United Way and comprised of leaders from Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Guilford County and leaders representing six priority areas.
About the SHIELD Mentor Program:
The SHIELD Mentor Program, founded in January of 2008, is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization that provides a full range of mentoring programs and services, providing the skills for success in leadership development. 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. The mission of the SHIELD Mentor Program is to Strengthen, Help, Inspire, and Encourage Leadership Development by delivering structured mentoring activities and programs for young people. Youth live in a world full of wonderful opportunities; the goal is to give them proper guidance to obtain them.
To match this support in order to provide opportunities to benefit young people during these unprecedented times, please visit https://www.shieldmentor.org/donate.