Regional Mentoring Alliance
Sierra Vista’s Regional Mentoring Alliance (RMA) brings together mentors, mentees, educators, businesses, community leaders and community-based organizations; and empowers them with the knowledge, skills, and training necessary to create a culture of mentoring in our community through becoming mentors, advocates, and supporters of our youth.
The RMA offers a variety of mentor trainings, technical assistance, support services, as well as a school-based mentoring program. These services include best practices for both mentor and mentoring organizations. The RMA staff and resources assist organizations, individuals, and businesses with opportunities to get involved with their community by making a difference in the life of a child.
The vision of the RMA is to be the rallying point for mentoring within our region based on the elements of “Best Practices” for mentoring programs. It will be a catalyst in linking individuals, organizations, and communities to existing mentoring programs, and help to extend the reach of high quality mentoring programs and leverage additional services in local communities for sustainability and success.
Mentor One School-Based Mentoring Program
Provides a quality mentoring program that follows “best practices” at local school sites that will match students with trained, compatible adult mentors. Mentors meet with their students for one hour per week at the student’s school campus. The commitment is a minimum of one academic year. The program includes trained staff to supervise, as well as, offer activities and a safe place for both mentors and mentees to meet. The goal is to build a positive relationship that focuses on supporting the social and academic development of the student and enhance the student's overall school experience.
Foster Care Mentoring Program
Sierra Vista Child & Family Services Mentor Program provides youth who are in foster care with the chance to develop a relationship with a caring adult, other than an authority figure, who can become a friend, role model, and advocate. This caring, consistent relationship leads to increased self-esteem, improved social skills, additional opportunities for success in life, and an improved outlook on the future.
Training and Workshops
The RMA provides individuals and programs that are interested in mentoring or want to be mentors, such as parents/guardians, coaches, staff, and business & community leaders with the appropriate training needed to be an effective and empowered mentor, so they have the greatest positive impact possible!
Provides technical assistance to those organizations that currently have a mentoring program, but may need additional support and/or resources, to organizations who are interested in starting a mentoring program, but do not know how to get started, or meet with the organization’s leadership to develop a path to a successful mentoring program.
Fingerprinting And Mentor Applicant Screening
The RMA will provide mentor fingerprinting and screening services to existing and future mentoring programs. At the heart of any mentor program is the care and safety of the youth served. The RMA will provide the most comprehensive fingerprinting and screening process available. Each mentoring organization will have access to these services by appointment and a set schedule of days and times.
Regional Mentoring Summit
This Summit is designed to bring together mentors, mentees, educators, businesses, community leaders and community-based organizations to empower them with the knowledge, skills, and training necessary to create a culture of mentoring in our community through becoming mentors, advocates, and supporters.
The Regional Mentoring Summit theme is “Be Someone Who Matters, to Someone Who Matters,” which gets at the core of quality mentoring relationships. Research has shown that when matched through a quality mentoring program, mentors can play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible decisions, stay focused and engaged in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior like skipping school, drug use, and other negative activities. Quality mentoring relationships lead to a significant increase in a young person’s prospects for leading a healthy and productive life, strengthening families and, ultimately, our community.
Regional Mentoring Alliance
100 Poplar Ave.
Modesto, CA 95354