A Program of the Volunteer Center
Mill City Mentors is a mentoring program of Community Teamwork that strives to provide positive, caring mentors to youth facing adversity and in need of additional support to increase confidence, self-esteem, and be empowered to create their best life. Our vision is to provide support to youth, their families, and mentors to collectively establish a positive and successful future for the youth of our community. This program is supported with funds from Mass Mentoring Partnership and United Way. By utilizing effective mentoring models that will best suit each individual youth, we will empower our youth to strive for the lives they want and have the structure and support to attain it.
Our intent is to reach more young people and connect them with caring adults. To accomplish this, we will do more virtual mentoring with more adult sharing activities allowing a mentor to work with 2-3 people. The youth we mentor come from a wide variety of families: 2-parent, single parent, in and out of DCF custody and intervention. They live in Greater Lowell and surrounding towns.
Mentors receive intensive training so as to have the tools and equipment necessary to work with their mentees. MCM provides a coordinator to help support our mentors and families throughout the relationship, including dealing with social activities and school issues.
We are in dire need of male mentors. Many of our mentors are college students and young professionals. We are also bridging our AmeriCorps Seniors Program volunteers with the MCM Program. Most of the youth do not have older generational relationships that many of us grew up with. These are critical relationships not only for the youth, but also the older adults. They learn from each other and form a bond that is life changing.
COVID-19 has dramatically impacted our program services because our mentors and mentees have not able to physically meet with each other. We recognized early on that we needed to adapt and enhance our program so we could continue to safely foster these critically important relationships. We achieved this by quickly implementing eMentoring, also known as virtual mentoring, beginning in April of 2020
Young Adults Who Were At-Risk for Falling Off Track But Had a Mentor Are:
more likely to enroll in college
more likely to volunteer regularly
are interested in becoming a mentor
more likely to hold leadership positions
Who are Mill City Mentors?
They are everyday citizens who want to have fun and make a difference in the life of a child. To get involved as a volunteer mentor, Mill City Mentoring staff will work with you to make the process as easy as possible. New volunteers must be at least 21 years old, be able to make a one-year time commitment to the program, and complete an intake which includes an application, interview, training, and background check.
A series of programs led by Ed Banks, Program Coordinator for Mill City Mentors in partnership with Early Learning:
More About This Program:
Mill City Mentors has expanded its services to include ages 7-22 (vs 15). This allows mentors to work with mentees beyond high school graduation, which is often the most needed time of support and guidance. Designed to assist youth from the Greater Lowell area, which includes the following towns: Ashby, Ayer, Billerica, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Littleton, Lowell, Pelham, Pepperell, Shirley, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsboro, and Westford.
Mill City Mentors does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, income, gender, sexual orientation, age, or physical limitations.
The Mill City Mentors Program at Community Teamwork now has an online application for parents/guardians to complete when looking at potential mentoring programs for their children aged 7-22.
If you have any questions or concerns when filling out the online application please feel free to reach out to Ed Banks the Program Coordinator.