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.
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Mentoring is fun! Mentors and mentees meet together at least four hours per month for one year. Activities vary and could be anything from exploring the farmer's market, to riding bikes, to watching a baseball game, going to the beach, or just hanging out!

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.

02/28/2017
Upworthy

Upworthy

He wants to make sure no other child in the foster care system has an experience like the ones he and his children had. Warning: descriptions of abuse.

Video by Jess Blank, with special thanks to Comfort Cases.

This is a great read on the effects of trauma on youth and how adults can be supportive."The hallways were plastered wit...
02/23/2017
This Town Adopted Trauma-Informed Care—And Saw a Decrease in Crime and Suspension Rates

This is a great read on the effects of trauma on youth and how adults can be supportive.

"The hallways were plastered with large posters that listed traumatic experiences like emotional abuse beside examples of how to build resilience. On one, the words “attachment to a caring adult” accompanied a colorful cartoon of an adult and child ice-skating."

http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/this-town-adopted-trauma-informed-care-and-saw-a-decrease-in-crime-and-suspension-rates-20170222

“The town seemed to transform from black and white to color.”

02/21/2017
Mic

Mic

She doesn’t want anyone else to experience what she went through in the US foster-care system.

"Eighty-six percent of runaway children in the United States suspected of being forced into sex 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 sex 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-sex/

After her father raped 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 sex seemed like a safer bet.

"My mentee had never seen the beach before. He's lived in the Bay Area his whole life. To be able to give him such a sim...
02/01/2017

"My mentee had never seen the beach before.

He's lived in the Bay Area his whole life.

To be able to give him such a simple, but memorable experience

made everything worth it."

#youthmentoring #oremimentoringprogram #volunteer #nationalmentoringmonth #bayarementoring #oakland #alameda

"My mentee has grown in so many ways. I've seen her show her pride when she shares her successes instead of being shy ab...
01/29/2017

"My mentee has grown in so many ways. I've seen her show her pride when she shares her successes instead of being shy about it."

#youthmentoring #oremimentoringprogram #volunteer #nationalmentoringmonth #bayarementoring #oakland #alameda #giveback

"Mentoring has been a valuable and eye-opening experience, and I'm so glad I made the commitment that I did."#youthmento...
01/26/2017

"Mentoring has been a valuable and eye-opening experience, and I'm so glad I made the commitment that I did."

#youthmentoring #oremimentoringprogram #volunteer #nationalmentoringmonth #bayarementoring #oakland #alameda #spoton #giveback

"You have no idea how rewarding it is to be of serviceand be part of making this world a better place."#youthmentoring #...
01/24/2017

"You have no idea how rewarding it is

to be of service

and be part of making this world a better place."

#youthmentoring #oremimentoringprogram #volunteer #nationalmentoringmonth #bayarementoring #oakland #alameda #spoton #giveback

"My mentee inspires me. He is one of the happiest people I know. And yet, almost everyone close to him has passed away.....
01/21/2017

"My mentee inspires me. He is one of the happiest people I know. And yet, almost everyone close to him has passed away... but he's still smiling."

#youthmentoring #beinspired #oremimentoringprogram #aninspiredlife #nationalmentoringmonth

"...By seeing life through my mentee's eyes, I see my own world in a larger way..."#oremimentoringprogram #nationalmento...
01/20/2017

"...By seeing life through my mentee's eyes, I see my own world in a larger way..."
#oremimentoringprogram #nationalmentoringmonth #youthmentoring

Take time to get to know your mentee. They may be shy at first, but they'll open up. #youthmentoring #oremimentoringprog...
01/19/2017

Take time to get to know your mentee. They may be shy at first, but they'll open up.

#youthmentoring #oremimentoringprogram #volunteer #nationalmentoringmonth #bayarementoring

"I was apprehensive about it at first. But the first time I cracked a joke that my mentee laughed at, I knew it would be...
01/15/2017

"I was apprehensive about it at first. But the first time I cracked a joke that my mentee laughed at, I knew it would be alright."

#youthmentoring #oremimentoringprogram #volunteer #nationalmentoringmonth

"Mentoring has been a valuable and eye-opening experience, and I'm so glad I made the commitment that I did."#youthmento...
01/14/2017

"Mentoring has been a valuable and eye-opening experience, and I'm so glad I made the commitment that I did."

#youthmentoring #oremimentoringprogram #volunteer #nationalmentoringmonth #bayarementoring #oakland #alameda #giveback

"My mentee has grown in so many ways. I've seen her show her pride when she shares her successes instead of being shy ab...
01/14/2017

"My mentee has grown in so many ways. I've seen her show her pride when she shares her successes instead of being shy about it."

#youthmentoring #oremimentoringprogram #volunteer #nationalmentoringmonth #bayarementoring #oakland #alameda #giveback

"The hardest thing is the hour round trip drive to get him and bring him back to my house. But after I do it, it is alwa...
01/13/2017

"The hardest thing is the hour round trip drive to get him and bring him back to my house. But after I do it, it is always worth it."

#youthmentoring #oremimentoringprogram #volunteer #nationalmentoringmonth #bayarementoring #oakland #alameda #spoton #giveback

"Mentoring has been a valuable and eye-opening experience, and I'm so glad I made the commitment that I did."#youthmento...
01/10/2017

"Mentoring has been a valuable and eye-opening experience, and I'm so glad I made the commitment that I did."

#youthmentoring #oremimentoringprogram #volunteer #nationalmentoringmonth #bayarementoring #oakland #alameda #spoton #giveback

"You have no idea how rewarding it is to be of serviceand be part of making this world a better place."#youthmentoring #...
01/10/2017

"You have no idea how rewarding it is

to be of service

and be part of making this world a better place."

#youthmentoring #oremimentoringprogram #volunteer #nationalmentoringmonth #bayarementoring #oakland #alameda #spoton #giveback

"My mentee had never seen the beach before. He's lived in the Bay Area his whole life. To be able to give him such a sim...
01/08/2017

"My mentee had never seen the beach before.

He's lived in the Bay Area his whole life.

To be able to give him such a simple, but memorable experience

made everything worth it."

#youthmentoring #oremimentoringprogram #volunteer #nationalmentoringmonth #bayarementoring #oakland #alameda

Take time to get to know your mentee. They may be shy at first, but they'll open up. #youthmentoring #oremimentoringprog...
01/07/2017

Take time to get to know your mentee. They may be shy at first, but they'll open up.

#youthmentoring #oremimentoringprogram #volunteer #nationalmentoringmonth #bayarementoring

"I was apprehensive about it at first. But the first time I cracked a joke that my mentee laughed at, I knew it would be...
01/07/2017

"I was apprehensive about it at first. But the first time I cracked a joke that my mentee laughed at, I knew it would be alright."

#youthmentoring #oremimentoringprogram #volunteer #nationalmentoringmonth

"My mentee inspires me. He is one of the happiest people I know. And yet, almost everyone close to him has passed away.....
01/06/2017

"My mentee inspires me. He is one of the happiest people I know. And yet, almost everyone close to him has passed away... but he's still smiling."

#youthmentoring #beinspired #oremimentoringprogram #aninspiredlife #nationalmentoringmonth

"...By seeing life through my mentee's eyes, I see my own world in a larger way..."#oremimentoringprogram #nationalmento...
01/04/2017

"...By seeing life through my mentee's eyes, I see my own world in a larger way..."
#oremimentoringprogram #nationalmentoringmonth #youthmentoring

"My mentee has grown in so many ways. I've seen her show her pride when she shares her successes instead of being shy ab...
01/04/2017

"My mentee has grown in so many ways.

I've seen her show her pride when she shares her successes

instead of being shy about it."
#mentoring #youthmentoring #bayareamentoring #oremimentoringprogram

"The hardest thing is the hour round trip drive to him and bring him back to my house. But after I do it, it is always w...
01/02/2017

"The hardest thing is the hour round trip drive to him and bring him back to my house.

But after I do it, it is always worth it."

#dedication #youthmentoring #bayareamentoring

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...

On a day like today, it's super important to remember the LOVE. We LOVE our volunteer mentors! Thank you for all that yo...
11/10/2016

On a day like today, it's super important to remember the LOVE.

We LOVE our volunteer mentors! Thank you for all that you do!

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401 Grand Ave, Ste 500
Oakland, CA
94610

General information

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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