Physical, Spiritual & Emotional Needs
iThrive is a community-based mentoring program that matches caring adult volunteers with youth ages 10-21. We are committed to positively impacting the lives of at-risk youth and survivors of trafficking in our community through a consistent one-on–one relationship.
We believe that teens have physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Therefore, we strive to address these through role modeling, friendship, skills, and learning. A mentor’s main focus is to walk alongside a teen in his or her daily life, providing support, encouragement, and modeling healthy relationships. Each mentor is paired with an advisor who is a qualified professional adding an additional layer of support to the mentor/mentee relationship.
To refer someone in your community, fill out the Mentee Referral Form here.
A mentoring relationship with a mature adult can help a young person overcome certain obstacles and learn skills that will prove to be valuable in their maturation. Research has proven that youth in a consistent mentoring relationship do better in school and are less likely to begin using drugs or alcohol. They are also more likely to have a higher self-esteem.
The youth participate voluntarily in cooperation with parents / guardians for a minimum of 18-months. Program coordinators provide ongoing monthly match support for the family and mentor throughout their commitment. Youth can be referred by a family member, neighbor, school teacher, counselor, or themselves.
Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. The application process consists of the following:
- Filling out an Extract Effect Mentor Application
- Participating in an interview
- Providing four references
- Attending a volunteer orientation
- CBI/FBI background check and driving record check
The volunteers are asked to make an 18-month commitment meeting eight hours each month with their mentee. Activities can range from help with schoolwork, playing catch, going to the recreation center, and even going bike riding on many of Miami Valley’s trails. Mentors come from all walks of life and share a common interest in young people.
A year round activities program is offered in order to facilitate the relationship building process. These activities include recreational activities such as hiking, skating, *bike riding, kayaking, life skills such as visits to museums or cooking, and community service projects to give back to the community.
*Inspiration for our cycling activities comes from the spirit-filled Rev. Everett Mills, who turned a vision into a mission nearly 30 years ago with the founding of the not-for-profit organization Mountain Mentors. The group’s name reflects the end of the year hiking challenge in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and a Great Ohio Bike Adventure (GOBA) that mentors and teens tackle along with other team building activities.
As Extract Effect walks alongside children and youth moving towards restoration, it’s common for needs to arise that they are unable to meet. Needs may range from basic school supplies to rent assistance. No matter how large or small the request, we understand it can make a huge impact in their healing journey. Requests are channeled through our survivor services program manager and shared with the EE community. Additionally, EE will be debuting a school supply drive, Thanksgiving basket collection and holiday wish-list fulfillment annually, within the upcoming year.
Any community member wanting to support the mission in a tangible way may request to be added to the email fulfillment list here.