One to One Frequently Asked Questions

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Does One to One collaborate with other organizations to provide services for program participants?

One to One strives to collaborate with other organizations, businesses and individual resources to make sure that the youth in our program have access to as many opportunities and resources as possible. If you know of something that your mentee is lacking that you think is essential to their quality of life, let us know and we will see what we can do to assist them, or find people who can. You will hear from us regularly about opportunities and activities as they become available.

What are the responsibilities of a mentor?

First and foremost, to spend consistent, quality time with your mentee. This means meeting once a week (usually a set day agreed upon by mentor, mentee and parent), and checking in by phone if you are out of town on vacation, etc. Consistency is the key to a successful relationship. You are there to be a positive, adult role model.

To make sure your mentee is safe when you are together, and safely returns home or to their next activity.

To communicate with One to One staff about how the relationship is going and let us know how we may support you, your mentee and your relationship.

What if problems arise?

Always communicate any issue or concern within your relationship or in terms of the child and/or their family. One to One is available for support if significant problems arise in the life of the mentee. One to One can sometimes be invited to intervene to help the youth return to a stable place of functioning. One to One seeks to empower mentors to connect with their mentees and to become effective guides. Empowerment may include providing resources when youth or the family needs assistance that can come from an outside social agency. One to One can help the mentor make this connection in order to help their mentee.

Why is mentoring important?

Research has shown that the single most important factor in a child’s success is his or her connection to a caring adult. A landmark study funded by the Harvard School of Public Health reported “that young people with mentors: felt more competent about their ability to do well in school; reported more positive relationships with friends and parents; had better attitudes toward school and the future; and had better attitudes toward their family and communities.” In addition, the study found that kids with mentors were 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27% less likely to begin using alcohol, and 52% less likely to skip school. www.hsph.harvard.edu

Who are the children served by One to One and where are they from?

One to One serves youth, ages 5-17, living in Telluride, Mountain Village, Norwood, Naturita, and Nucla. 100% of the youth in our program have all demonstrated both a need and desire to be paired with a caring adult.