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Mentoring 4 Kids is a program of Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service. It is a free service for children ages six-14 that are being raised in a single parent or guardian home. M4K serves people of all faiths, matching caring adult volunteers with children needing a positive role model in their lives.
Most of the children have lost a caregiver through death or divorce. By providing caring adult "pals" of the same gender (at least 25 years old) with similar interests, M4K hopes to provide another positive role model for the child. The volunteer mentor and child build a one-on-one relationship while participating in fun activities for several hours at least twice a month. There is a minimum one year commitment to the program.
Before any match is made, both the potential volunteer and the child and his/her family are thoroughly screened. Following the match, training and ongoing support are provided.