The Iowa Mentoring Partnership selects a mentor and mentee to feature monthly in its newsletter, on this webpage, and to post and share on social media outlets, including the Volunteer Iowa blog. The mentors are selected from the brief success stories submitted by certified programs in their quarterly reports. We reach out to outstanding, real life mentors to conduct a conversational interview (and occasionally speak with mentees as well) and write up a brief story about the mentor and mentee and how their relationship has impacted them both. Stories are shared on social media with #MonthlyMentor and #MentorIRL in support of our affiliation with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and its In Real Life media campaign to promote mentoring as a real life intervention strategy for empowering youth facing adversity.
Some examples of success stories submitted in quarterly reports are provided below.
From Fort Dodge Foster Grandparents
"Over 90% of the children who worked with Foster Grandparents this year met or exceeded social or educational goals set for them by their school."
From Great River Youth Mentoring
"At the end of the school year, we took a group of Bigs and Littles to the Coralville, Iowa skating rink for the day. While we were there, we went to Build-A-Bear Workshop, where each Little chose an animal to build. We then went to Barnes and Noble, where each Little picked out 2 books each. This was the first time in a large Book Store for many of our kids. We had a blast!"
From Mentor Connection for Delaware County
" 'Today Karly and I got together, she asked me how long we would be matched, I told her after our first year is completed we can decide if we want to continue being matched and as long as we both answered yes, we could be together as long as we wanted to be." She was sweet and said, "Wouldn't it be neat if we were still doing things together when I was 16! ' mentee - 10 years old "
From Youth Experiencing Success
"There is a boy in our program whose Mentor has signed him up for camp this summer and he is so excited as he has never been able to attend a camp before."