Mentor Program

CHLOE’s Mentoring Program is a structured program for pregnant teens and teen moms between 13 and 21. Young moms are paired with a caring adult woman who provides guidance toward goals for parenting and self-sufficiency.

Your first step toward becoming a Mentor is to attend a Connection Session to gain understanding of our mission and vision including an overview of the Mentor program.  Connection Sessions are held the second Tuesday of each month at our Resource Center.  Please call to reserve your place at the table.

Young moms enrolled in the Mentoring program can expect to:

  • Connect regularly with their Mentor
  • Participate in parenting, healthy relationship, and life skill activities
  • Be invited to fun activities
  • Have access to information about community resources
  • Have the opportunity for study help to work toward educational goals…High School diploma…or start a college or career track
  • Earn points to spend at Chloe’s Closet, our sweet Baby Boutique

“Mentoring brings us together ~ across generation, class, and often race ~ in a manner that forces us to acknowledge our interdependence, to appreciate in Martin Luther King, Jr’s words that “we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied to a single garment of destiny.’ In this way, mentoring enables us to participate in the essential but unfinished drama of reinventing community while reaffirming that there is an important role for each of us in it.”- Marc Freedmant

Why be a Mentor?

  • Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class.
  • Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking.
  • About 40% of a teenager’s waking hours are spent without companionship or supervision. Mentors provide teens with a valuable place to spend free time. 

       – Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters

Connect with a teen mom as a Mentor

1. Mentor Application

After attending a Connection Session and determining you would like to become a Menotr please fill out the application online or print it, sign it and send it to the address below.
Volunteer Services
CHLOE, Inc.
P.O. Box 30241
Columbus, OH 43230

In order to proceed, you will need to provide references, a driver’s license or other state issued ID, and proof of auto insurance. You will also complete paperwork including authorization to run a background check on your driving record and criminal history. Information submitted is kept strictly confidential. The current cost of a background check is $20. Volunteers are encouraged to cover this fee, if able.

You will be contacted once your application, background check and reference checks are complete and approved.

General

  • ALL INFORMATION WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL
 

Education

 

Employment

 

Mentor Applicants

 

REFERENCES

 

Release

 

Background Check Authorization

 

Verification

2. Orientation

All new Mentors are required to attend a mandatory Mentor Orientation to get you ready for your match. At orientation you will receive and review our Mentor Handbook which contains guidelines, expectations, helpful resources, policies and ideas for enhancing your mentoring experience.

3. Get Matched

After orientation and careful consideration, we will contact you to talk about a teen we think would be a good match with you. We will tell you a little about the teen’s background, interests, and personality. If you accept the proposed match, we will schedule a time for you to meet.

4. Meet your teen mom

Meeting your teen mom for the first time is exciting and you might be a little nervous. Your teen will probably be feeling the exact same way. If you have not already interacted with your teen at prior CHLOE events a staff member will introduce you and your mentoring relationship will be launched.

5.Receive ongoing support

Our involvement doesn’t end with making your match. You’ll receive information about all our support services and within 2 weeks, a phone call from a staff member, who will be in contact with you and your teen mom for the length of your mentoring relationship.

In addition to monthly mentor support contacts, you will also receive regular email updates with events, activity ideas, social opportunities, and more. Your and your young mom can choose to participate in these opportunities or do other things of your choosing – it’s up to you. The only requirements we have is that you get together three – four times each month, follow our safety and relationship guidelines and touch base with our Mentor Coordinator every 30 days during your mentoring relationship.

Quarterly Mentor Workshops are offered addressing topics pertinent to the life and challenges of teen parents, best practice in building and sustaining mentoring relationships and other topics of interest.
Please call or email with any questions!