A Note from Director Will Green

Serving Our Youth & Families

Will holding Extra Mile award from Rainbow Project

Will holding Extra Mile award
from Rainbow Project

Mentoring Positives Inc. is ready to serve our youth and families in need of our mentoring support. In these hard economic times, it is hard to deliver quality mentoring services, but with the support of our community and our volunteers, MP is able to adapt to these harsh financial times and continue to be creative in delivering our mentoring services.

Going the Extra Mile – Rainbow Project

I was humbled when given the “Extra Mile” Award from the Rainbow Project this past year. However, we all know that we are not out here alone and cannot do it by ourselves. Mentoring Positives, Inc. has a number of mentors, Board members and volunteers who make Mentoring Positives a great program for youth and families.

Positive Role Models bring Mentoring Success

January is National Mentoring Month and I want to acknowledge and thank everyone who makes it their civic responsibility to be a positive role model in our youth’s lives. As we reflect back on our past year, we have had a lot of great successes for a small organization.

Skills Development Groups Fundraiser

In addition, MP was given the opportunity to work in the suites and luxury seats at Camp Randall for a total of 7 home football games. We had 65 people volunteer at the football games as a fundraiser for our MP Skills Development Groups. And in 2010, Channel 3 reporter Maria Guerrero became a mentor with Mentoring Positives. She is volunteering her time as a mentor of a young Latina girl from the Darbo area.

Madison Police Department’s Continued Support

The Madison Police Department (MPD) continues to support Mentoring Positives  programs as we continue to work together providing programming to our youth. A special “Thank You” to the MPD who contributed to our end of the year “Volunteer
Recognition” Party.

Thank you to all of our volunteers, Board members, Mentors, and community supporters for their commitment to kids and families and the work we do at Mentoring Positives!

At Risk Youth Leader Academy

Our Leader Academy is providing a wide range of services to at risk youth including crisis intervention one-on-one life skills coaching, assistance with social service networks, individualized academic mentoring and career guidance. Youth involved will also be trained to become positive role models for younger children in their circles.

Life Skills

The Leader Academy includes life skills development programs and peer discussion as well as college and career exploration opportunities. Life skills development programs include effective time management, setting and achieving goals, resisting negative peer pressure and dollar power financial literacy.

Youth At Risk for Several Different Reasons

Many middle and high school aged youth will be enrolled in the Leader Academy with a focus on youth from the Darbo / Worthington Park neighborhood on Madison’s east side, Generally, these youth are considered at-risk due to single-parent households, low socioeconomic and minority status, and/or because of their need for consistent supervision and positive role models. The program will continue to be housed in the Darbo Salvation Army Community Center and at the Worthington Park Neighborhood Association office.

Other Entrepreneurship Programs

Other programs of MP include continuation of Off the Block Salsa, the development of East Side Barbecue and the formation of ReJeweled Coop. These entrepreneurship programs complement in-school learning and development during non-school hours. MP currently serves 100 youth per year. Funds raised through these programs will allow for continuation of services to this number plus an estimated additional 75 youth.