OreMi Mentoring Program

OreMi Mentoring Program OreMi means "my friend, guide, someone in whom I can confide." We work with foster youth and children 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!

02/28/2017
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
"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.

"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."

"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."

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

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

"You have no idea how rewarding it is to be of serviceand be part of making this world a better place."
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."

"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."

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

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

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

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

"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."

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

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

"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."

"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."

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

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

"You have no idea how rewarding it is to be of serviceand be part of making this world a better place."
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."

"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."

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

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

"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."

"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."

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

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

"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."

"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."

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
Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

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.

Several thousands circumnavigated the 3.7 mile lake.

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!

Mentors don't always come from a formal mentoring program. Natural mentors are important to youth development, too! http...
11/08/2016
The critical ingredient of youth programs -natural mentors - The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

Mentors don't always come from a formal mentoring program. Natural mentors are important to youth development, too!

http://chronicle.umbmentoring.org/despite-their-lack-of-an-official-mentor-title-these-relationships-are-just-as-important-and-valuable-for-youth-as-relationships-developed-through-mentoring-agencies/

Schwartz, S. E. O., Chan, C. S., Rhodes, J. E. & Scales, P. C. (2013). Community developmental assets and positive youth development: The role of natural mentors. Research in Human Development, 10(2), 141-162. Summarized by Jessica Cunningham, B.A. Lab Manager, Center of Evidence-Based Mentoring Int...

One of the neatest FREE events (or series of events) happening in the Bay Area!
10/29/2016

One of the neatest FREE events (or series of events) happening in the Bay Area!

10/15/2016

Today is the day! We're training new mentors!

More mentors = more foster youth who benefit from a positive adult relationship!

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