In the summer of 2016, United Way of Summit County welcomed iC.A.R.E. Mentoring (Creating Authentic Relational Energy) as a new member of its family of community impact programs and initiatives. Created in 2013, the iC.A.R.E. Mentoring program provides Summit County students in grades K-12 with nurturing and supportive role models.
Unlike other mentoring programs, which generally involve activities outside of school hours, iC.A.R.E. works within the school system, coordinating with administrators to ensure that students can spend time with their mentors without taking time away from their academic work.
Ultimately, the addition of iC.A.R.E. to its roster of programs helps United Way continue to advance its mission to improve education across the local community. Programs like iC.A.R.E., which help students succeed in school, can make an enormous difference in the lives of children and young people.
WHAT IS iC.A.R.E. MENTORING?
iC.A.R.E. Mentoring is about relationships. Students need a caring, consistent adult role model in their lives. Through iC.A.R.E, mentors are trained and supported as they spend one hour each week with a student, for at least one school year. Most mentors choose to continue mentoring students after the first year.
The iC.A.R.E. program has three approaches to supporting youth success:
- iC.A.R.E. Mentoring – Adult volunteers provide one-to-one mentoring to Akron Public School students during the school day. Mentors are asked to commit to one student, one hour each week, for one school year. Many mentors choose to mentor their students for multiple years.
- iC.A.R.E. Connect – One of the best ways to support teens in the local community is to empower them. Through iC.A.R.E. Connect, United Way trains high schoolers to mentor younger students in small groups during the summer. iC.A.R.E. Connect also works with teens to provide peer led mentoring initiatives in their local high schools.
- iC.A.R.E. Community – In Summit County, the reach of iC.A.R.E. is being expanded through United Way partnerships with other established programs that serve youth. United Way provides the training and technical support. In exchange, the iC.A.R.E. model is reaching more students.
IC.A.R.E. OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNITED WAY CORPORATE PARTNERS
United Way invites its corporate partners to encourage their employees to serve as iC.A.R.E. mentors. Just as with other United Way engagement opportunities, volunteers can gain the satisfaction of helping to improve their communities. Corporations who inspire their employees to participate as mentors can also enjoy the benefits of greater employee satisfaction and a more upbeat and motivated workforce.
Corporate groups interested in participating should contact Lindsey Myers by phone at 330.643.5532 or by email at [email protected].
For more information about iC.A.R.E. contact Sarah Palace by phone at 330.685.9332 or by email at [email protected].
Current mentors, use the link below to access the Portal to report your progress.
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