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Over 50 refugee and foster youth wait for mentors

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Bethany Christian Services is in need of male mentors to be matched in one-to-one mentor relationships with children and youth.
Underwriting support from:

Corporate Mentoring Challenge

The "Corporate Mentoring Challenge" is a recent initiative discussed at the National Mentoring Summit to encourage American companies to expand mentoring opportunities throughout the country. The mentor program at Bethany is interested in partnering with local business communities and organizations to engage individuals in mentoring youth within our program by volunteering four hours each month. If you would like to offer mentoring as an option to employees in your business or members of your organization, please contact [email protected] or call Scott at (616) 224-7438.




Bethany Christian Services mentoring program serves three youth populations: Domestic Foster Care, Refugee, and Youth Services (for older youth transitioning out of foster care). Currently, we have over 50 youth who have requested mentors and are waiting to be matched. Mentors within our program serve as positive role models who are willing to offer a listening ear and spend quality time with their mentee. The program is community-based, meaning that match activities take place out in the community. Activities might consist of going to the park, working on homework at the library, going out to eat, or other fun/educational activities in the local community. We ask that mentors commit to spending at least four hours per month with their mentee and have their own form of reliable transportation. Also, individuals who are interested must be 18 years of age and go through background checks prior to being matched with a youth.

Specific areas of need include (but are not limited to):

  • a male, Spanish-speaking mentor for a 6 year-old boy living in the Coopersville area
  • male mentors for refugee youth in a residential group living home
  • male mentors for older youth transitioning to independent living
  • male and female Spanish-speaking mentors for refugee youth

Visit our website to learn more and watch our mentoring videos.

If interested in improving the life of a youth by becoming a mentor, please contact [email protected] or call Scott at (616) 224-7438 for more information about getting involved.





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