Responding to Community Needs Through Volunteerism
To the world you may be one person, but to one young person, you may be the world!
Every child has the potential to succeed in life and contribute to society. Through our Protege mentoring program, you will gain the opportunity to start a young person down a more promising path. Our mentors have a strong and lasting impact on their student's lives. Be the inspiration a student has always looked for! Click to learn about the program's impact. Learn how you can be the one!
What do Protege mentoring volunteers do?
Provide friendship, guidance, support and expertise to a student
Serve as a role model
Support positive behaviors, attitudes and ambitions
Protege mentors meet with students from seven school districts in Montgomery, Abington, Cheltenham, Lower Merion, Methacton, North Penn, Norristown and Pottstown. Mentors meet with students at school and/or during weekends. Tickets to cultural, entertainment and sporting events are offered at no cost to matched pairs.
Mentors are asked to dedicate at least one hour per week to visit with their student at school.
Mentors attend workshops throughout the year addressing hot topics like bullying. Students are referred through school personnel and matches are made based on similar interests to ensure a dynamic and fun match.
Qualifications & Benefits
- Mentors are asked to make a one-year commitment to the program
- Protege's focus is on creating the "perfect" match
- Be able to relate well to a variety of people
- Be dependable, prompt and willing to maintain the confidentiality of the student
- Be flexible, patient, friendly and optimistic
- Be willing to offer guidance and assistance to your student
- You will have a chance to form a life-long bond to a young person
Someone who cares about youth and is willing to share their time should contact: Ruth Saks (610) 834-1040, ext. 21 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s what people are saying about Protégé:
“Very fun and interactive program…allows you to build your self-esteem…can grow a strong relationship with your mentor…have a lot of fun…enjoy it a lot. Before I had a mentor I got into trouble and was suspended. Mr. Jim encourages me to think and helped change my life in and out of school. I feel better because I’m not in trouble. I always stop and think before I act out.” — Student
“Bri is a special ED student with lots of learning challenges. She needs a lot of support. My husband and I tutor her once a week. We have grown very close and enjoy sharing time together. I arranged a trip to Washington D.C. to meet with our congresswoman. We had a wonderful day touring the Capital and seeing the House in session. I had Bri prepare interview questions and we followed up with a report for school. We have always had a strong connection.” — Mentor
“Tierra is a delightful young lady. She has really grown up this year. She is extremely fond of her mentor and the Protégé program has been and is a wonderful experience for her”. — School Guidance Counselor
- RSVP is always searching for an ethnically diverse group of male and female mentors.
- We especially need African-American men in the Norristown, Pottstown and Main Line areas.
Proud Program Supporters
Protege program supported by a charitable contribution from Janssen Biotech, Inc.