Since 2008, we ve had a simple model to see mentoring and discipleship happen in South Dallas. We match young people (starting in 4th grade) stay with them for at least two years. We ve seen great fruit as mentors have given their time and energy in these mutually transforming relationships.
One recurring task is that of finding new mentors to take on the new class of 4th graders. As you might imagine, this can be one of the most difficult‚Äîand most important‚Äîparts of what we do. There is no mentoring without mentors, so finding high-quality, godly men and women who want to step into a mutually transforming relationship is a significant part of my job.
We get the word out online and through churches, but we ve found the most effective way to recruit mentors is through current mentors sharing their story to a friend and inviting them into this adventure we call mentoring. Mentors are our best recruiters!
For example, we have a couple of guys who started mentoring as roommates have consistently spread the word to their friend network. Now, over the course of a few years, three other young men have mentors as a result. As these guys have shared their experiences, other people have jumped onboard and became mentors. They now have a group of six friends who are able to share the joys and struggles of mentoring together. They spur one another on. They have gotten to know each other s proteges, and they ve created a community of believers who mentor together.
I could go on and on. I could tell you about mentors who ve moved away from the metroplex and found a friend to mentor their protege. They ve handed off the mentoring baton and established a legacy of adults who care about a child. Or, I could tell you about spouses who ve decided to mentor after seeing the way it impacted their other half. The power of a mentor telling a friend is worth more than radio ads or Facebook postings. We can set up tables at churches and tweet all day long about our orientations, but YOU are our most effective recruiters.
So I encourage you to continue telling your story of mentoring to all who will listen. Invite friends to an orientation this Fall or Spring. Tell them about how mentoring has impacted you, introduce your friends to your protege, and encourage them to consider making a commitment to a child in South Dallas. One of the most helpful things a mentor can give to Champions of Hope is their endorsement. We love you guys, and we are thankful for your continued support!