Our mission For over 40 years VIP Mentoring has created sustainable, meaningful mentoring relationships for children in Michigan, especially the City of Detroit.
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Ways to help youth thrive

Community-Based Mentoring

- Makes a commitment to be matched with a VIP youth for one year - Transports the child to and from activities - Meets 3-4 times each month for a minimum 2 hours per meeting - Reports meetings to VIP monthly - VIP staff will support mentors and youth throughout the entire program. You must have: A valid Michigan driver's license Transportation Auto insurance You must be: At least 21 years of age Willing to undergo a criminal history check
  • Weekly
  • On-site
  • Education
  • Elementary (5-10), Middle School, High School
  • Same One-to-One
  • Academically at Risk
  • Community Center, School
  • Adults, Adults (18+), 55+
  • Individuals, Corporate Teams
  • More Than A Year
  • 1 Hour/Week
  • Weekday Mornings, Weekday Afternoons
  • Moderate
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Location-Specific Program

"VIP Mentoring creates high quality mentoring relationships for youth whose circumstances or risk factors reduce their potential to transition to a "productive adulthood." Current Schools include: Charles Wright Academy (Elementary)- Thursdays, Spain Elementary/Middle - Mondays , Romulus Elementary - Tuesdays, Central High School - lunch time and after school, Denby High School - Fridays. To complete: - 2 hours of mentor training - To be introduced to the mentee's caregiver - To meet with their mentee one hour each week - To complete a brief Community Based - Location Specific report each week -To report additional meetings with the mentee (if applicable).
    , Other
  • Academic Support
  • Weekly
  • Friendship/Socialization, Reduce Recidivism
  • On-site
  • Education, Social Skills
  • Birth to 5, Elementary (5-10), Middle School, High School
  • Same One-to-One, Same Small Group
  • Academically at Risk, First Gen College, Homeless, Juvenile System, Low Income Household
  • After School, School
  • Adults, Adults (18+)
  • Individuals, Male
  • More Than A Year
  • 1 Hour/Week
  • Weekday Afternoons
  • Minimal
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How you help We welcome any and all contributions including those from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government.
About us VIP – for Volunteers in Prevention – has matched over 2500 young people with adults who have helped guide them toward successful lives. Our mentors come from everywhere – small businesses, corporations, the educational community, and faith-based organizations. They work with children one to one in our Community-Based program, or travel to a school or organization once a week for Location-Specific mentoring, also working with children individually.
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