mentor for life
Our mentors work as a “cord of three”, providing guidance, encouragement, and support to their mentee in an atmosphere where it's safe to fail and try again.
Unlike traditional mentoring programs with a 1-to-1 ratio, we seek to connect each of our residents
with three mentors. This principle is based upon the scripture reference of "three strands"
in Ecclesiastes 4:12 that says:
"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
Our mentor teams are a strong force in helping their mentee accomplish career/educational goals, learn/develop necessary life skills, and live interdependently upon transition from Saving Grace.
More importantly, these relationships are a place where these young women will find genuine acceptance, encouragement to grow beyond their circumstances, and strength to sustain them both now and in the future. Once a resident transitions out of Saving Grace, her three mentors
"go with her" and continue as a much-needed support system for her.
Mentoring "Grace" for Life is a big commitment and looks a little different for everyone. Here are some basic expectations for Saving Grace mentors:
Commit to meet with her regularly (2-4 hours/mo on average)
Establish trust and maintain confidentiality
Provide guidance and encouragement
Identify learning opportunities for her
Expose her to new ideas
Provide helpful resources
Share personal experiences and perspective
We are passionate about supporting our mentors throughout their experience. Here's how:
Each "Cord of Three" provides support to the group
as a whole
We host monthly mentor gatherings
Staff maintains regular communication with each mentor team with mentee updates
Resources and materials are available for the personal enrichment of each mentor
Annual Grace Camp retreat for all current, and past Saving Grace mentors and their girls