“Oh you want to be a mentor? Who do YOU think you are?” is a series of questions that I’ve asked myself many times. If you’ve done something similar, I’m here to tell you that, for a young person in this city, you’ve got just enough insight to share, enough words of encouragement to speak, and just enough care to give. Here are 7 local organizations that can help you spread the love to our local youth!
Big Brothers Big Sisters 0f the Mid-South
If you’re like me and always wanted a younger sibling, this might be your year to make it happen. Big Brothers Big Sisters has been serving our city since 1968, and they are looking for folks to keep that momentum going in 2021. For a few hours a month, you could be that Big Bro or Big Sis who helps their “littles” learn how to walk the walk and talk the talk. Since their beginning, BBBSMS has served over 65,000 children—and with your dedication, they can make even more impact by tapping into and nurturing the potential of our city’s youth.
Learn more about their mentoring opportunities here.
I don’t know where I’d be without all the loving ladies who’ve invested time in my growth throughout the years—and if you feel the same way, why not pay it forward and give the gift of good leadership to a young, local lady. For over 70 years, Girls, Inc. has provided quality programming for girls in Memphis, and the Mid-South, that empowers and inspires them to be “strong, smart and bold.” Right now, most of the girls of Girls, Inc. are involved in virtual learning, and homework help is essential to their continued success.
Click here to learn more about Girls, Inc. and volunteer to assist with Virtual Homework Help.
The Grizzlies Foundation delivers critical resources to encourage and enable youth mentorship in Memphis, providing funding and technical support for thousands of Mentors and Mentees around the city. In partnership with local organizations and institutions like New Ballet Ensemble, Streets Ministries, LITE Memphis, and more, there are a variety of opportunities to invest your time towards tending to the success of the next generation.
Click here to join the movement, and become a mentor.
Grizzlies Prep Lunch Buddies
30 minutes may not seem like much, but there’s so much that can be done in such a short amount of time—like creating a life-long impact on a local student that will fuel your soul and further their success. The Grizzlies Prep Lunch Buddies Program encourages Memphians to make lunch plans that make a difference in the lives of middle school boys who need help navigating life’s challenges. Normally mentors and mentees would be meeting in person, but with virtual learning in place, they’ve pivoted to hosting mentors on Zoom for virtual lunch sessions with their 5th-8th grade students.
Memphis Athletic Ministries
Close your eyes, and try to remember everything that you went through during high school. Now, imagine what it would have been like if you’d had a mentor to help you navigate it all—the highs and lows of developing new relationships, the prep for college and career readiness, the search for the perfect prom fit, etc. Memphis Athletic Ministries‘ Amplify Mentor Program pairs caring adults with budding high school students to conquer all of the above, and more—and there are both in-person, and virtual mentoring opportunities available for you to make you mark on a young Memphian’s journey.
Sign up to be a MAM Mentor here.
There are so many pathways to success, and you could help a middle or high school student determine what theirs looks like through the Streets Ministries “Pathways” Program. Right now, they have a list of over 20 mentees who are eagerly waiting to be paired with mentors that will dedicate one hour per week to provide guidance, emotional support, motivation, and more.
Submit an application here.
World Relief Memphis
For a moment, put yourself into an immigrant’s shoes. You’ve just arrived in a new country, you’re trying to navigate language barriers, and attempting to establish a new sense of normalcy while adhering to the cultural norms that are already in place. Now wrap all that up, and imagine experiencing all of this as a child. World Relief Memphis’ Mentoring program pairs mentors with immigrant and refugee youth ages 15-24 to help identify and achieve their life, career, and or educational goals.
Learn more, and start your journey as a WRM Mentor here.