At its most basic level, mentoring helps because it guarantees a young person that there is someone who cares about them. Mentors provide their mentees with an experienced friend who is there to help in any number of situations. Research confirms what we knew anecdotally or intuitively before —that mentoring works. Best Practices that we follow include Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ and other resources at www.mentoring.org online. BMYD requires all volunteers to attend the Jacksonville Children’s Commission Mentor Training, where they must undergo a thorough background screening with Live-Scan fingerprinting.
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