Mentoring/Life Skills

HENNEPIN CONNECTIONS:

Mentoring, Achieving, Growing

Program Mission:
The Hennepin Connections Mentorship Program provides mentors to students who have experienced homlessness or poverty, in order to provide support and encouragement to reach personal, academic, and career goals. Basilica SVdP Mentoring Program works with Minneapolis Community Technical Collage

The goal of Hennepin Connections is:

  1. To expand student’s network for career development
  2. To expand student’s opportunities for success
  3. To provide scholarship at program completion

Mentoring is a structured, one-to-one relationship that focuses on the needs of mentored participants. Mentoring:

  • Fosters caring and supportive relationships
  • Encourages individuals to develop to their fullest potential
  • Helps an individual to develop his or her own vision for the future
  • Is a strategy to develop active community partnerships

Mentoring is not a one-size fits all proposition.

  • Every person who would benefit from a mentoring relationship has individual needs. Effective mentoring programs offer enough flexibility to help meet each mentee’s personal needs, yet allow mentoring relationships to flourish within a safe structure.

Becoming a Hennepin Connections Mentor:

The process of orientation, training, and support for becoming a Hennepin Connections mentor includes:

  • One-on-one interview with Basilica staff
  • Completion of background check and Virtus Training
  • Participation in a Poverty Simulation Experience
  • Participation in training and orientation sessions
  • Participation in three large-group sessions throughout the school year, with all mentors and all students
  • Commitment to connect with student every week, at least two times a month in person
  • Participation in Mentor Reflection Meetings three times throughout the school year

If you are interested in becoming a mentor for Hennepin Connections, contact Janice at 612-317-3477.

 

Overall Program Description:

  1. This program is designed to focus on students who have, or have had, experiences of homelessness or poverty.
  2. This program is designed to help MCTC students fulfil their educational goals, to enable them to successfully achieve their career goals.
  3. This program is not a religious program. While the mentors are from The Basilica, the student and mentor will connect on issues relevant to the student.
  4. This program is inclusive of all students’ backgrounds and faith affiliations.
  5. The Student will be matched with a Basilica Mentor by the faculty and staff of MCTC.
  6. The mentoring partnership will last for one full school year at MCTC, from Fall through Spring semester.
  7. The mentoring partnership will be based on shared interests, career similarities, or other goal orientation similarities.
  8. The student will guide the agenda of the meetings.

Who are good student candidates:

  1. Students actively engaged in class
  2. Students who show a commitment and desire to move forward in life
  3. Students who can set, share, and implement educational and career goals

If you are interested in mentoring, or being part of the program, contact Janice. 

 

 

Pathways Faith Based Life Skills Program

You can make a positive change in your life!

In just 10 sessions with Pathways Faith Based Life Skills classes, you’ll learn valuable skills that help you embrace the power of change.

All are welcome! No registration required.

  • Thursdays 6:00-8:15pm in The Basilica School Basement
  • A light meal is provided at 6:00pm
  • Free childcare for children, ages 1–11
  • Contact Julia or call 612.317.3413
  • Volunteer with us and help us change lives through Pathways!

Make a positive change in your life in just 10 weeks! 

  1. Self-Worth 
  2. Change 
  3. Spirituality 
  4. Problem-Solving
  5. Budgeting
  6. Self-Control 
  7. Personal Presentation 
  8. Healthy Relationships 
  9. Goal Setting
  10. Health and Wellness

The Next Step: Mentoring

Help when you’re ready. The Next Step provides mentoring, networking, resources, direction, goal setting, and, sometimes, financial assistance.

Success Stories

  • Advocated for clients with legal issues through their court proceedings.
  • Assisted a homeless youth with housing, goal setting, tutoring and plans
to move forward.
  • Worked with unemployed individuals to help them find jobs.
  • Located a Philippine birth certificate for purposes of identification.
  • Helped a man stay out of a shelter by connecting him to a social
worker who helped him understand the rules regarding government
 resources.
  • Assisted a parent in selecting Minneapolis Children’s Hospital to help
 diagnose a disability, found appropriate community resources to help, and
 located furnishings for the home.