BCMI seeks to see Brockton-area youth reach their God-given potential through caring relationships with Christian adults. We do this by matching Christian adults with youth (ages 8-14) for one-on-one mentoring. Mentors are provided with training and ongoing support. Children who need mentors might come from a single parent home or may be struggling in school or with friends. They may be from a local school, or from your church. What the children have in common is the need for a caring Christian adult to provide consistent friendship to them as they grow. This gives the child confidence, supports the family who may be struggling themselves, and shows the love of Christ, so that each child may know they are gifted, valued, and created by a God who loves them. This changes the life of the child . . .and your life will be changed too. As you grow in your relationship with a young person, enter into their world, and see life through their eyes, you will experience God in new ways.
BROCKTON CHRISTIAN MENTORING INITIATIVE (BCMI) IS A COLLECTIVE OF BROCKTON-AREA CHURCHES WORKING TOGETHER FOR THE YOUTH OF OUR CITY.
What is Required to Become a Mentor With BCMI?
- An application
- A criminal and driver’s background check
- Four references: your pastor, your spouse or closest family member, a friend, your employer
- An interview
What Will My Commitment Level Be?
- Meeting with your match once a week
- Meeting or speaking with your mentor supervisor regularly
- Yearly evaluation of your mentoring match, at which point you may or may not choose to continue to be matched with each other.
What Makes an Effective Mentor?
- Commitment: faithful, consistent, dependable
- Non-judgmental: of youth, their family, their culture
- Receptive: to help and support
- Respectful of youth’s opinion
- Patient through a silent start
- Gracious during difficult times
A Mentor Is:
- An EAR!
- An encourager
- A friend
- A comforter
A Mentor Is Not:
- A MOUTH
- A provider
- A disciplinarian
- A therapist
- A fixer
- A parent-replacement
What Kinds of Things Can Mentors and Youth Do Together?
- Walk in the park
- Watch or play sports
- Museums/zoos/aquarium – library passes
- Do volunteer work
- Free city events
- Plays & concerts at local high schools & colleges
- Anything that interests you both – be creative and try something new!
Benefits of Mentoring
- Try new things
- Learn about yourself and someone else
- Develop a sense of accomplishment by positively impacting someone’s life
- Gain a better understanding of the next generation