Community Based mentoring has been in existence in Wausau for over 28 years and provides positive development, companionship and friendship for children ages 6 – 14 through a one-to-one relationship with an adult.
Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and agree to commit to a few hours a week in a year-long match, but it is hoped the friendship which develops will last a lifetime. Matching is based on interests, personality, geographic location, needs and expectations to ensure the best possible compatibility between the volunteer and child.
Staff has regular contact with the parent, child, and volunteer for the duration of the match. Mentors are not parent substitutes but give the child an added sense of worth and responsibility by letting the child know someone else takes time to care. Through regular meetings the volunteer and child engage in activities of their choice, which may include attending sports or community events, biking, hiking, playing board games, etc