OreMi Mentoring Program

OreMi Mentoring Program OreMi means "my friend, guide, someone in whom I can confide." We work with foster youth and children of incarcerated parents in Alameda County.

We're always looking for more male mentors! Part of Family Support Services of the Bay Area, the OreMi Mentoring Program matches foster youth and children of incarcerated parents with a community volunteer.

We're always looking for more male mentors! Part of Family Support Services of the Bay Area, the OreMi Mentoring Program matches foster youth and children of incarcerated parents with a community volunteer.

The Marshall Project
03/16/2017
The Marshall Project

The Marshall Project

For the brothers Terrick and Joseph Bakhit, childhood in Southern California was a precarious and often brutal experience.

"Eighty-six percent of runaway children in the United States suspected of being forced into s*x work came from the child...
02/15/2017
When foster care couldn't help this 16-year-old, she ran to a pimp

"Eighty-six percent of runaway children in the United States suspected of being forced into s*x work came from the child welfare system, according to a 2016 analysis of cases reported to the National Center on Missing and Exploited Children."

https://www.texastribune.org/2017/02/14/texas-foster-care-selling-s*x/

After her father r***d her, Jean became one of the roughly 12,000 Texas kids in long-term foster care, a system that often leaves children more damaged than when they arrive. For Jean, selling s*x seemed like a safer bet.

01/01/2017

Happy New Year! Happy National Mentoring Month!

This month, we'll be sharing quotes and tidbits from real life OreMi mentors to raise awareness about what mentoring really is- not just taking someone to the movies, but the great parts about it, and the challenging parts about it.

Be sure to check back regularly to see what mentoring is all about!

Volunteering has many benefits, including improving mental health and physical health. Are you ready to start reaping th...
12/05/2016
Volunteering Can Improve Mental Health, Extend Life | Psych Central News

Volunteering has many benefits, including improving mental health and physical health. Are you ready to start reaping the benefits?

http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/08/23/volunteering-can-improve-mental-health-help-you-live-longer/58787.html

Volunteering can improve mental health and help you live longer, according to a new study. A systematic review and meta-analysis led by researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School in England found that volunteers reported lower levels of depression, increased life satisfaction and enhance...

There are many reasons why we take mentoring so seriously.One of them is that a match that ends prematurely (before one ...
11/18/2016
Making effective match support and closure practices a bigger priority in youth mentoring programs - The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

There are many reasons why we take mentoring so seriously.

One of them is that a match that ends prematurely (before one year, and especially if the relationship was under 6 months) can actually be more damaging to the youth than beneficial.

This is why we ask for a one year commitment, and provide lots of support to help you make that happen.

This is why we constantly check in with you and your mentee, and want to know how things are going.

This is why we set up meetings and do everything we can to promote open communication and problem solving, rather than ending a match.

While we'd love it if everyone who read this became a mentor, we also realize that it's not for everyone. If you're not ready to be committed and do what it takes to make it work, it's probably not for you right now.

http://chronicle.umbmentoring.org/making-effective-match-support-closure-practices-bigger-priority-youth-mentoring-programs/

Reflections from the 2016 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring Written by Mike Garringer, MENTOR One of the defining phrases of the modern youth mentoring movement has been “fervor without infrastructure.” This concept, applied to the emerging youth mentoring field in Marc Freedman’s landmark 1991 bo...

Volunteering has many benefits, including improving mental health and physical health. Are you ready to start reaping th...
11/16/2016
Volunteering Can Improve Mental Health, Extend Life | Psych Central News

Volunteering has many benefits, including improving mental health and physical health. Are you ready to start reaping the benefits?

http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/08/23/volunteering-can-improve-mental-health-help-you-live-longer/58787.html

Volunteering can improve mental health and help you live longer, according to a new study. A systematic review and meta-analysis led by researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School in England found that volunteers reported lower levels of depression, increased life satisfaction and enhance...

This happened right outside of our office. Thousands of people gathered peacefully to express their opinions and promote...
11/14/2016
East Bay Express

This happened right outside of our office. Thousands of people gathered peacefully to express their opinions and promote togetherness.

When we act together, we can have an exponential impact.

Can you act together with us? Is mentoring a young person the right way for you to act together? Come find out this Saturday at our New Mentor Training! Link in comments.

PHOTOS and VIDEOS from this afternoon at Lake Merritt, where several thousand converged to protest Donald Trump's election

Volunteering has many benefits, including improving mental health and physical health. Are you ready to start reaping th...
11/12/2016
Volunteering Can Improve Mental Health, Extend Life | Psych Central News

Volunteering has many benefits, including improving mental health and physical health. Are you ready to start reaping the benefits?

Become a mentor at our next training Nov. 19!

http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/08/23/volunteering-can-improve-mental-health-help-you-live-longer/58787.html

Volunteering can improve mental health and help you live longer, according to a new study. A systematic review and meta-analysis led by researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School in England found that volunteers reported lower levels of depression, increased life satisfaction and enhance...

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401 Grand Ave, Ste 500
Oakland, CA
94610

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Mentors are at least 18 and must complete our screening process, including training, a home visit, and fingerprinting. Mentees are foster youth and children of incarcerated parents ages 4-18.

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