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The Matching Process:

We work both directly with parents as well as community partners in the greater Grand Rapids area to identify children that could benefit from a positive role model. All volunteers must be currently enrolled at least half time at GVSU and pass a rigorous screening process.

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Building Relationships:

Strong connections between mentors and mentees are essential but belonging to a larger team as a whole matters too. Leveraging technology we provide all team members with a variety of tools and welcome frequent communication and feedback.

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Results of Mentoring:

We're proud of the work we do in the community and want to share our successes with others. Mentoring continues to be a driving force in fostering the growth of America's youth. Build your understanding about our program and mentoring as a whole.
  • The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
    Helen Keller
  • Mentoring has allowed me to take a break from personal interests and involve myself into the life of a youth. I am a role model, a motivator, and a best friend all in one. I get to teach my pal that he is a wonderful person and that he can accomplish whatever he sets his goals on.
    Jessica M.
  • Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.
    John Crosby
  • Being a mentor is an important thing, I've had many in my life and without them I wouldn't be where I am today.
    President Thomas Haas
  • I think Pals has helped me open my eyes more to the lives of other people and it has given me an opportunity to make a difference.
    Mentor Survey Response