Middle School Mentoring (McDowell County)

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Our Purpose

McDowell County Mentoring Program strives to capitalize on the strengths of youth who are considered high risk and allow them opportunities and resources in order to achieve their goals, be successful and reach their full potential.

What is Mentoring?

Our Approach

School-Based Mentoring operates primarily on a school campus. We provide strength-based interactions and support to youth. This model is adapted from both community and school-based models since it works with the youth throughout the year and involves both school-based meetings and community activities. We strive to develop and maintain positive and supportive relationships with mentors and mentees.


  • Provide guidance and support to youth in need primarily in the safety of a school setting.
  • Encourage and empower youth to build on strengths through the mentoring process.
  • Allow youth a safe place to express themselves and work towards goals.
  • Establish lasting relationships with youth that will increase their self-esteem and personal self-worth.
  • Utilize those relationships in order to empower youth to reach their full potential

Expectations of Mentors

  • Time:
  • 2 hours a week after school
  • Summer field trips
  • Service projects
  • Training:
  • Initial 8 hour training
  • On-going training and support will be provided to ensure that mentors are prepared and able to do their best

Who Are We?

mentoringCatholic Charities West Virginia’s school based mentoring program is designed to further the development of youth with potential to thrive personally and as active citizens, but may lack the resources and support vital to that development.

This program was developed with a sub-grant from Catholic Charities USA’s National Mentoring Grant through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and in partnership with Reconnecting McDowell.

Catholic Charities WV Mentoring is largely based on programming developed by the George Washington University Hamilton Fish Institute.

Who Do We Serve?

The youth we serve are considered “at risk” either by their own behavior or by the situation in which they live. They have shown perseverance and exhibited the ability to thrive despite their circumstances. These youth have the potential for a bright and successful future to become well-rounded and contributing adult members of society. They need committed support. They need positive adult role-models. They need YOU.

Support for Mentors

Catholic Charities WV’s mentoring coordinator will be on site at all times during the mentoring sessions, activities, field trips and service projects. The role of this coordinator is to provide guidance and support to mentors and mentees in several different ways:

  • Training and development
  • Implementing structure & activities for youth & mentors
  • Providing information & guidance to mentors in following policies & procedures
  • Providing supervision & support during mentoring sessions
  • Attending one-on-one meetings with mentors and/or mentors and mentees as needed
  • Resolving any issues that may arise during the mentoring program