Want to invest in the community? Offer your time, talents to mentoring a child

Serving as a mentor is a wonderful way to impact a person’s life. And, being that January is National Mentoring Month, it is a great time to let one of these Bayview Hunter’s Point organizations connect you with a young mentee.

 

Bayview Youth Advocates

4438 Third St.

Contact: Lealani Manuta, (415) 550-1151 or lealanim@cycsf.org

 

This nonprofit organization works with multicultural young people who live or go to school in District 10 or Bayview Hunters Point. The group is looking for mentors for several of its programs, including its CYC Computer Clubhouse, an out-of-school learning program that offers high school student a place to be creative and try out their ideas. Sharing your time and talents with these high school students will help BYA shape the community and young lives.

 

Bayview Safe Haven

1800 Oakdale Ave.

Contact: (415) 822-8895 or takai@hunterspointfamily.org

 

Focused on reducing recidivism and helping at-risk youth do better in school, Bayview Safe Haven has been recognized as an “effective after-school program” for older youth with a holistic approach to their well-being. In many cases, Bayview Safe Haven becomes a second home as youth are taught everything from computer skills to job training to nutritional cooking. This is a great place to invest in helping youth grow in self-confidence and hope for the future.

 

BMAGIC

1275 Fairfax Avenue, Suite 201
Contact: (415) 642-8017 or community@bayviewmagic.org

 

This network of neighborhood-based non-profits in Bayview Hunters Points works to create social change and build better lives for disadvantaged youth and their families in the community. Volunteers can help with BMAGIC’s annual events, such as a book fair in May or back-to-school celebration in August, where they can build friendships with youth and their families. BMAGIC also publishes online newsletters with additional volunteer needs with community organizations, including opportunities to mentor young people.

 

Friends of the Children

111 Quint St.

Contact: (415) 400-4998 or info@friendssfbayarea.org

 

This national organization, which has a branch in San Francisco, employs professional mentors to help break the cycle of generational poverty. These mentors are called “Friends,” and they work full time for Friends of the Children, meeting four hours a week with each of eight mentees to develop trust and long-term relationships. Along with modeling good behavior, Friends teach life and academic skills and help ensure youth are physically and mentally well. Friends of the Children has openings for a program manager and male mentor right now: click here to apply.

 

Mentoring a child can be an immensely rewarding experience that will enrich you, your mentee, and the community. Let 2019 be the year that you change someone’s life!

 

*Photo courtesy of Bayview MAGIC