For your development
For healthy living
For social responsibility
The Old Colony YMCA, based in Brockton, Massachusetts, is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering a variety of services to youth in our 29 southeastern Massachusetts community since 1993. Old Colony Y Mentoring is proud to provide children ages 9-18 with positive, caring adult mentors.
This is a free service that we provide. We believe that every child can benefit from having a dedicated friend outside of the family; someone who is there for that child and spends time with him or her because they want to.
Our community-based program offers traditional one-to-one matching of Mentors and Mentees. Matches enjoy activities such as playing sports, visiting parks/museums/libraries, biking, hiking, or just spending time together.
Become a Mentor
To learn more, contact Amanda Trask, Senior Director of Youth Development.
Apply to become a mentor. You'll be changing a child's life...and yours too!
Apply for your child to become a mentee.
Our mentoring program is offered to the community at no cost, meaning we are only able to sustain these efforts because of your generosity!
Mentors are typically students, often attending local colleges such as Stonehill College and Bridgewater State University
Site based programs are run after school in Brockton
Requires a one hour commitment per week during the academic year
Servicing children at: Old Colony YMCA in Brockton, Kennedy Elementary School, Roosevelt Heights Housing Complex, and Gilmore Elementary School
Site-Based Mentoring Programs
The Kennedy School & The Gilmore School (afterschool mentoring): The Kennedy School program matches mentors with youth in grades 4 and 5 to meet during after school hours once a week. This is a program centered on homework help to improve the academic success of our children through a structured one-on-one environment. The program also includes activities focused around asset building to help youth develop positive identities and to help them gain an understanding of valuing their community.
Roosevelt Heights: Roosevelt Heights services youth ages 9-13 who are local residents at the Roosevelt Heights Apartments. The mentors meet with the youth in a group setting once a week to do a variety of activities including homework assistance, asset building, and community service initiatives.
1:1 Mentoring Goals:
Connect youth with positive adult role models
Assist youth in a healthy transition from childhood into a morally admirable adult
Establish a relationship between a mentor and a youth that is positive, caring, and consistent
Foster self-confidence, social competency, and an asset-rich environment
Expose youth to new opportunities
Matches choose their own activities, from bowling or sporting events to a walk in the park and cooking up a fantastic meal
OCY Mentoring serves youth in 29 cities and towns in Southeastern Massachusetts
Mentors are ages 21 and older
The youth are ages 9-18 years old
Matches spend two to four hours per week together
We ask our mentors to dedicate their time for a minimum of one full calendar year
Youth waiting to be matched are invited to attend events hosted by the Y
Events range from local college tours to arts and crafts as well as gym time and Asset building activities
By providing youth with activities, we get to know the youth and assure the best match is made when picking a Mentor
Old Colony Y Mentoring is supported by donations as well as local, state and federal funding. The program is currently supported in part by a State Mentoring Matching Grant, administered by the Mass Mentoring Partnership, the Department of Public Health and the United Way of Greater Plymouth County.
Thank you to the Mass Mentoring Partnership for its continued, generous support of our mentoring program. The presence of a caring adult - outside the immediate family - has immense value and impact on the life of a child. This year’s funds supported over 45 volunteers and children with opportunities and activities that support and enhance a life-long love of learning!