Son of a Saint | Mentor & Volunteer Recruitment Brochure

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MENTORS & VOLUNTEERS

SONO F A SA I N T . OR G For more information, contact jayant@sonofasaint.org or call (504) 561-7508

Son of a Saint launched in 2011 to address the burgeoning problem of fatherless boys in the New Orleans area.

Under the direction of Bivian “Sonny” Lee III, the 501(c)(3) organization is dedicated to its mission of transforming the lives of young males through mentorship, emotional support, development of life skills, exposure to constructive experiences and formation of positive, lasting peer-to-peer relationships.

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MENTORSHIP • EDUCATION • LIFE SKILLS • INSPIRATION

As Son of a Saint celebrates more than a decade of providing impact, service, and success, the organization continues its crucial work of mentoring and transforming the lives of fatherless young men across Greater New Orleans.

Son of a Saint looks forward to entering its bright future, adding more programming, more services, more mentors, and building the lives of more young men than ever before in its history.

MENTORS

Son of a Saint mentors teach, guide, advise, support, watch over, and foster the progress of our mentees. When a boy is mentored into a well-developed man, there are huge rewards — not only for the young man, but also for the adult mentor. Participants may opt to mentor a group, co-mentor or one-on-one. We require mentors that are paired individually to check in once a week with their mentee via face-to-face, text, phone call, virtually or email. Mentors that are paired individually and attend group activities are also required to fill out a Son of a Saint Monthly Mentor Hours Form.

The time commitment for mentors is 4+ hours per month.

VOLUNTEERS

Son of a Saint volunteers take part in the organization’s programming, special events, and activities in a variety of capacities. This often includes event management, tutoring, driving and transportation services, specified committee membership, activity facilitation, community service support, and more. Son of a Saint depends on volunteers for a range of critical functions to ensure the successful operation of the entire organization. Volunteering with Son of a Saint is a rewarding way to make a difference for our boys and our city.

The time commitment for volunteers varies based on the event and their availability.

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A MENTOR

Mentorship at Son of a Saint is not a one-size-fits-all model and can take shape in a number of different ways.

We seek individuals who are professional, able to commit their time, in good legal and social standing, and who also have the ability to exercise cultural competence.

Listed below are the various mentorship opportunities Son of a Saint offers:

ONE-ON-ONE MENTORSHIP

Engages one mentee and one mentor; there is an organic pairing process to support this model.

TEAM/GROUP MENTORSHIP

Engages any ratio of mentees to mentors; it helps mentors and mentees form group relationships.

ACADEMIC MENTORSHIP

Support for success in school; they serve as a tutor, study buddy, or accountability partner.

CAREER MENTORSHIP

Supports career development programming; they serve as an employer, career coach, or job shadowing/internship site coordinator.

ACTIVITIES MENTORSHIP/CLUB ADVISORS

Creates a small community of mentees that connect over a planned event or common interest; they lead projects and events to foster robust programming.

STAFF MENTORSHIP

Supported by a Son of a Saint staff member through roles and responsibilities.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Son of a Saint has created a community of volunteers to aid in communicating the needs of the organization to external supporters, as well as to maintain and develop the spirit of service in every aspect of our growth.

OUTREACH + EVENT VOLUNTEER

Assist with event setup, guest registration and communication, as well as cleanup service. Outreach + Event Volunteers may also choose to be involved in event planning. Events and activities include attending fairs and community events, tabling booths, networking meetings and more.

TRANSPORTATION VOLUNTEER

Provide local transportation for our mentees to and from Son of a Saint events, school, home, games, programs and various engagements. Transportation Volunteers must provide a valid driver’s license, car insurance, and have a clean driving record. Requirements also include consistent access to a reliable vehicle that can comfortably transport up to three mentees.

EDUCATION VOLUNTEER

Provide mentees with individualized tutoring assistance for schoolwork and completing assignments. Duties include following lesson plans, reviewing textbooks, co-managing additional projects, and answering a mentees’ questions about specific educational topics.

FUNDRAISING/ DEVELOPMENT VOLUNTEER

Work with the Son of a Saint Development team to establish and execute specific fundraising strategies. These volunteers help solicit in-kind or monetary contributions and sponsorships from individuals, local businesses, and partner organizations. They will also assist in event coordination, including large-scale fundraisers, including the Son of a Saint Annual Gala.

ACTIVITY/PROJECT VOLUNTEER

Organize and lead a range of Son of a Saint-related activities, and act as a liaison with programming staff and external partners, to help recruit and support new volunteers, and to ensure that activities are effective, safe, and enjoyable for those participating.

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