At the core of everything we do in South Dallas is one-on-one relationships. Â These relationships must be long-term and sincere in order to make an impact. Â We are quick to recognize that relational ministry is messy and difficult at times; we also believe that it is the most rewarding because it is what we are called to by the bible.
One-on-one Matches- We believe mentoring is most effective when one mentor gives their time and effort to one child. Â However, many mentors grow in deep relationships with the family, siblings, and friends of that child. Â While we match one adult to one child, we love seeing natural relationships grow and impact others through that match.
Community-based mentoring- Mentoring does not typically occur during school hours, but rather after school and on the weekends, 12 months a year. This allows for a greater amount of time and flexibility for spending time together and allows the mentor to become involved in many aspects of the childâ€™s life. This also allows mentors to provide academic help after school and to participate in sports, cultural activities, family events, etc.
Ongoing Training and Support- Champions is dedicated to providing our mentors with ongoing training and support throughout the progression of the mentorship relationship. This is the main purpose of our staff â€“ to ensure that the relationships are maintained with as few “hiccups” as possible. We provide group training on a periodic basis, offer resources and encouragement, as well as provide support on a case-by-case basis as needed. Â The best way to get support is for a mentor to be in regular contact with their mentor coordinator.
When and Where Mentoring Happens- Mentors coordinate with the studentâ€™s guardian to arrange when they can spend time with the child after school or on the weekends. Mentors are expected to meet with their student for the full calendar year, including summers. Mentors are encouraged to spend time in the childâ€™s community and also initiate additional activities outside of the community.
By spending time in the community, we hope our mentors grow to value the well-being of the community and impart that value to the child. By taking the child out of his immediate neighborhood, we hope to provide new experiences that are enriching to the childâ€™s growth and development.