Special Initiatives

The Basic Approach of Our Mentoring Programs

Boys & Girls Clubs of Cumberland County has a Mentoring Component…

Since 2008, Boys & Girls Clubs and the at-risk youth they serve have benefited from grant funding provided by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). As a result, Club mentoring programs in underserved communities have been expanded and enhanced exponentially. This year, BGCA through grant funding from OJJDP, will provide local Clubs with the resources to effectively mentor more than 32,000 youth at 1,450 Club sites in all 50 states, plus American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Mentoring at Boys & Girls Clubs (MBGC) approach unites the powerful mentoring elements present in Clubs with formal mentoring practices and research/evidence-based prevention programs. MBGC provides a combination of one-on-one, group, and peer mentoring services. Mentoring is site-based and provided by Club staff, volunteers, and peers, with ongoing efforts to recruit minority male mentors.

MBGC incorporates each of the elements of effective practice for mentoring, including screening, training, matching, monitoring and support, and closure. MENTOR, the National Mentoring Resource Center and the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ have been invaluable resources guiding the development of MBGC mentoring programs and services.

MBGC training resources updated this year integrate new research and evidence-informed training topics included in the 4th Edition of the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, as well as research-informed training regarding the effective assessment and usage of mentee risk data.

Currently, The Mentoring Program takes place at our Carl Arthur Center site. Call +1 (856) 896-0244 for more information!

Are you interested in becoming a mentor? Please fill this out and email to [email protected] or fax to +1 (856) 696-4191. Mentor Application

Do you know someone that could use a mentor? Please complete this referral request and submit it to Chris Volker at [email protected] or fax to +1 (856) 696-4191. If you have any questions, please call +1 (856) 696-4190 for more information.

Requests can come from a family member, school personnel, caseworker, police personnel, etc. Referral Request for a Mentor Parental/Guardian Consent Form Youth Application

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