Hope for Tomorrow is a nonprofit organization based in Minnesota whose mission is to empower young teens to realize their full personal and academic potential by reinforcing critical life skills through mentoring relationships with caring adults. Monthly educational and experiential sessions focused on introducing and reinforcing life skills needed for success are held at partner schools. Mentors guide mentees to help them gain confidence in making decisions and taking actions that will lead to a happy and accomplished life.
Hope for Tomorrow partners with school districts. School liaisons work with chapter leaders to coordinate communication and arrange space and logistics for the sessions. Every mentoring group that partners with a school forms a chapter. Women mentor girls and men mentor boys in separate groups. If there is a girls group and a boys group at the same school, there are two chapters carrying the name of that school. For example, there is a Valley View Middle School Girls Chapter and a Valley View Middle School Boys Chapter of Hope for Tomorrow.
Mentors and Mentees
Students are nominated by school staff to participate in Hope for Tomorrow. The eighth or ninth grade participants are recommended based on their potential for personal growth and academic achievement through the encouragement and guidance of another caring adult in their lives. Students participate in Hope for Tomorrow on a voluntary basis and with parent or guardian permission. Mentors are community-oriented men and women volunteers who bring a variety of life experiences to their mentoring relationships with the students. They are committed to helping young teens realize their potential by empowering them to make their own good choices. Separate girls and boys chapters allow for appropriate gender-specific activities and sharing of common interests and experiences.
Mentor-Mentee groups gather for once-monthly educational and experiential sessions at partner schools during the academic year. The curriculum has a well-defined purpose and expected outcomes for each session. Session activities focus on introducing and reinforcing life skills that are critical for a life of accomplishment and wellbeing. Some of these life skills include building and displaying confidence, communication and interpersonal skills, relationship and people skills, and leadership skills. While the majority of the sessions are held at the school, up to two field trips are taken to foster discussion about goal setting for the future and may include a visit to a post-high school educational campus or to a place of employment. Mentors take turns planning and facilitating the session activities. Sessions include mentor-mentee 1-on-1 time, presentation of a topic, and small group and large group activities. The session topics for Hope for Tomorrow are:
- Introduction to Hope for Tomorrow
- First Impressions
- Healthy Balance
- Dreams and Goals
- Self-Respect, Attitude, and Choices
- Visit to a Place of Employment
- Post-High School Educational Campus Visit
- Year-End Celebration