Mentoring Program

The Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh’s Great Futures Start Here Mentoring Program pairs middle and high school youth who would benefit from additional guidance with an adult mentor. This mentor helps them grow academically, develop decision-making and life skills, and create a career plan for after high school.

About the Mentoring Program

Mentor/mentee “matches” meet at least four hours a month over the course of two or more years. The goal is that youth will stay in the program until they graduate from high school and go on to the workforce or higher education.

Youth are referred to the program by the Oshkosh Area School District (OASD), parents and by Club staff. The program is housed at the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh. Funded through the Self Sufficiency Project, it is a collaborative partnership among the Club, the OASD, the YMCA, UW Oshkosh Center for Career Development Employability and Training (CCDET), ADVOCAP and Junior Achievement.

Program FAQs

How do I become a mentor?

The Club is always looking for new mentors, especially male mentors! Mentors are caring individuals who provide emotional support, counsel, friendship, reinforcement, and a constructive example in a structured and trusting relationship. This is a great opportunity for volunteers who would like to work with youth one on one. Potential mentors need to complete an online employment application and a background check form. If you prefer to fill out a paper copy of our employment application, you can download it here. Afterwards, you will be contacted to set up a personal interview.

What is the commitment?

The program is ideal for individuals who are able to make a two-year commitment, but there is flexibility. Mentors will meet with their mentee for a minimum of one hour per week (The time that each match meets will depend upon the youth’s schedule and the availability of the mentor.) Each mentor will be required to attend an orientation and have the opportunity to take part in trainings scheduled throughout the two-year timeframe.

How will I be matched with a youth?

The detailed applications completed by mentors and mentees help the Great Futures Coordinator get to know each individual. The coordinator then matches mentors and mentees who have common interests and hobbies, introduces matches and stays actively involved in the relationship to ensure it is developing well.

What types of things will we do together?

Matches meet at the Club and have the opportunity to do a number of different activities, including playing games or sports, completing art and craft projects, cooking/baking, exercising, reading, working on homework, exploring careers and more. What activities you choose to do will be dependent on the interests of you and your mentee.

More Information

If you have additional questions about becoming a volunteer mentor, please contact Great Futures Mentoring Coordinator Carlea Liermann at carleal@bgcosh.org or 920-233-1414, ext. 27.

Quotes from Mentors

“I enjoy working with children, and mentoring through the BGC is a lot different than other volunteer opportunities because you form a close relationship with one young person rather than having just short interactions with different kids.” -Lauren

 

“My mentee and I are a great match because we have similar interests – art, horses, pets and family. We have to work hard to receive good grades in school, and we have had to cope with being bullied by our classmates.” -Chris

 

“My favorite moment so far was when my mentee opened up to me about some personal things in her life. It showed me that she trusted me and it made me feel like we were growing in our relationship.” -Kendra

 

“I hope my mentee learns from me that nothing is impossible. His future is in his hands and is absolutely limitless.” -John