About our Mentoring Program
The IGB (I Gotcha Back) Program, a 501(c)3, has operated since August 2007, utilizing community resources and volunteers to help guide many young people. We have exposed young people to mentors, motivational speakers, classroom activities, cultural events, outdoor activities, culinary exploration, volunteer opportunities, recreational outings, and leadership symposiums. Through experience and data from implementing past IGB offerings, we know that short, interesting, and engaging programs can have a meaningful impact. The program offers experiences and activities to enhance young people’s development. Our programming includes Critical Thinking, Communication skills (interpersonal, self-advocacy, conflict resolution), money/financial concepts (age-appropriate), and Emotional Wellness (1:1, Curriculum). We will incorporate after-school meetings with professionals from various backgrounds and vocations and take participants on field trips several times a semester (Examples: Cade Museum, Harn Museum, Santa Fe Zoo) to allow our students to interact with various professional, vocational, cultural, and historical experiences to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. We have established partnerships with www.Askmeno.com, Various financial institutions, Restoring Hope Counseling, and PEAK Literacy to develop and implement our program offerings.
History of IGB Mentoring?
Who do we serve?
–Students K-5th grade in partnership at the NCFL YMCA (after school hours)
-Students 6-12th grade at various school locations during school (Eastside, Newberry, Howard Bishop)
Current Student Challenges:
-Critical Thinking / Problem-Solving kills
-Communication/ Self Advocacy skills
-Emotional Awareness/ Wellness
What do we address?
-Employability Skills (communication, timeliness)
-Inquiry Skills/ Problem Solving
-Emotional Wellness (1:1, Curriculum, Group Counseling)