The Mentoring Network

The Mentoring Network, Inc. serves five rural school districts (Nampa, Caldwell, Parma, Homedale, Vallivue) offering school-based mentoring to at-risk students, grades 1st-8th.

The goal is to provide school-based, direct-to-youth mentoring that will improve life outcomes for vulnerable and disengaged children by developing resilience skills, supporting the development of personal strengths, and increasing self-sufficiency through friendship building with responsible, caring adults (18yrs. and older) who meet with their student one hour, once a week, on the school grounds, during the school year.

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I broke one of my favorite pieces of pottery. I reached into the cupboard to take it out; it slipped from my fingers and crashed onto the counter below. It was special to me as a friend had made it.

I saw that I had a choice. I could either throw the pieces away or try to restore it. Throwing away would be the easy option. It would only take a second and no effort at all. Yet I opted to restore the piece as it was important to me.

The first thing I realized was it would require a gentle touch. The clay shattered further if I was too forceful. I worked slowly and with gentleness, carefully gluing the pieces back together. It took a lot of time. In the end, my pottery was restored. It has scars, but it's still beautiful. In fact, the time spent in the gentle restoration gave the piece added meaning to me.

We work with some lives that are all in pieces. Mentors, great people just like you, make the choice to not give up on those shattered little hearts. Rather than take the easy road of just ignoring and walking away, they invest their time to gently restore these young lives back into the beautiful people they were created to be. Through their time they say to the child, "You are important to me."

It isn't easy. It is a slow process. Yet gentleness pays off. We see those broken pieces reconnected with trust. Though there are scars, the time invested in the restoration gives added meaning to a relationship built...it is life now cherished.

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength. ~Francis de Sales


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One of our mentor/mentee pairs painted a cheery poster picture of a spring day that said 'Spring Brings Brighter Days' for a senior through CCOA.

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