Goodwill GoodGuides® is a mentoring program designed to assist youth in overcoming disadvantages and avoiding delinquency. The overall goal of the Goodwill GoodGuides® program is to help youth build career plans and skills, and prepare for school completion, post-secondary training and productive work by providing structured and supportive relationships with trusted adult mentors. The program targets youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who are at-risk for dropping out of school, are facing legal troubles, or are at risk for delinquency due to issues such as abuse, disability, drug or alcohol dependence, or gang membership.
Since the GoodGuides® program started in Knoxville, Goodwill staff has received a strong, positive response from area youth interested in participating. However, the program needs more mentors to work with these young people to help them realize their full potential.
Mentors commit to meeting their mentee for an hour per week for a year, during which time they will offer guidance and encouragement to their mentee, empowering them to make positive decisions and future career choices.
Mentors provide a consistent, caring presence for their selected teen. Adult mentors must be 18 or older; peer mentors must be at least 16 years of age.