12 Jewels of Life Foundation
Higher Ground engages youth involved in the juvenile court system. The mentoring relationship is utilized to establish a program of change in the young person's life the mentor encourages goal-setting, self discipline, and skill development that improves the young person's sense of hopefulness. Mentors and youth work one-on-one for a year and are also offered opportunities to participate in monthly group activities and outings.
117 William Hilton Pkwy
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
Trailblazers is the central program of 12 Jewels of Life. At-risk middle school students and their mentors participate in a structured program of support. At-risk middle school students and their mentors participate in an energizing retreat followed by a seven month structured program that includes monthly team-building and growth activities. The program ends with a graduation but the mentor and youth remain together for the following five months.
A 501(c)3 Non-Profit Serving the Hilton Head, South Carolina Community
Turnaround focuses on students who are chronically suspended from middle and high schools. The goal of the program is to rekindle the youth's commitment to learning and being successful in the classroom. By empowering young people to finish school, mentors are improving the student's success in the work world as adults.
Lunch Friends works with children from local elementary schools. Adult mentors come to school each week to have lunch with their "friend." The program lasts throughout the school year.
Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger, but have a certain area of expertise. It is a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn.
Mentorship experience and relationship structure affect the "amount of psychosocial support, career guidance, role modeling, and communication that occurs in the mentoring relationships in which the protégés and mentors engaged.”