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 Mentor please request a Mentor Application that can be completed and returned to our Resource Center or mailed to:
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.
3. Get Matched
4. Meet your teen mom
5.Receive ongoing support
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!