WHAT IS MENTORING?
Mentoring is an ongoing, supportive relationship between caring individuals that share knowledge, experience and wisdom with one another. It’s an intentional effort to walk along side, not to fix the person or situation, but to offer hope, skills and encouragement along the way.
92% of kids in Hi-Crest live in poverty
46% of families are headed by a single parent
25% unemployment rate
62% of families are affected by domestic violence
70% rental properties
*Stats from 2011 (most recent) neighborhood city health map.
Youth and families that have limited access to resources are more susceptible to problems such as joblessness, crime, violence and homelessness. Several causes of poverty stem from isolation, lack of resources, education and employment skills. Mentoring relationships and healthy life skills are key to alleviating poverty.
DARE TO DREAM MENTOR PROGRAM
Offered at both the Topeka Rescue Mission and NET Reach, the Dare to Dream program provides participants with a stable and caring team of mentors who offer guidance and support as they set and achieve their life plan goals and strive for personal and professional success.
MENTORING OPPORTUNITIES AT THE HOMELESS SHELTER AND IN HI-CREST NEIGHBORHOOD:
The Topeka Rescue Mission (TRM), serving Topeka, Kansas for more than 60 years, is dedicated to helping the homeless by providing emergency shelter, meals, clothing, and other needed items, programs, and services, to the homeless and the community.
NET Reach is the division of TRM that serves local families at risk of homelessness. This pilot site in the Hi-Crest neighborhood is designed to reduce the number of people going through the revolving door at TRM by empowering and stabilizing families.