Our Partners Network is a group of organizations in Clark and Floyd counties which are working together to promote the concept of youth mentoring and increasing the number of mentors available in schools and organizations to help young people succeed at life. Information about specific mentoring opportunities can be found under each partner organization.
If your organization would like to join SIMP, please visit our contact page.
If your organization would like to financially support our efforts in Southern Indiana, donations can be mailed to:
33 State Street
New Albany IN 47150
Memo line entry: SIMP Contribution
|Name of Program:||Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Program|
|Program Type:||One on One Mentoring|
|Mentoring Location:||Community-based - throughout community |
Site-based - Boys and Girls Clubs (New Albany & Jeffersonville)
|Commitment:||Community-based - Initial commitment - One year, meeting 2 -3 times per month |
Site-based - Initial commitment - one year, meeting weekly for 1 hour
|Program Description:||Since 1967 our one-to-one mentoring programs have provided volunteer mentors for children in need of additional support. Parents/caregivers contact us annually seeking a caring adult for their child to spend quality time with them and provide needed attention, friendship and guidance. Teachers refer students who need extra support to help them overcome academics, attendance and/or behavior challenges. With help from our volunteer mentors, children are able to deepen their relationships with family and positive peers, increase their academic progress, and decrease their risky behaviors.|
|Training Involved:||Our professional staff provides one hour of pre-match training during an orientation session. Ongoing training is provided including a three-month relationship development session.|
|Contact:||Stacey Hamilton-Nance |
Chief Program Officer
|Name of Program:||Boys & Girls Club Mentoring Program|
|Program Type:||One on One Mentoring|
|Mentoring Location:||Ed Endres Boys & Girls Club |
1721 Ekin Ave.
New Albany IN, 47150
Jeffersonville Boys & Girls Clubs
1423 Bates-Bowyer Boulevard
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
|Commitment:||One hour a week for at least one year|
|Program Description:||The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana's mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those most in need of our services, to realize and develop their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The Clubs offer programs and activities in three priority outcome areas: healthy lifestyles, academic success and character and leadership. We provide comprehensive homework help, safe access to computers, opportunities to create art and join sports leagues. Mentors work on site one on one with youth to promote positive youth development and student success.|
|Training Involved:||All mentors will be asked to complete an application, background check and provide references. We also require an online child safety training, club tour and volunteer orientation.|
|Contact:||Tina Hood |
Director of Volunteer Services
|Name of Program:||Resource Coordinators, Homework Club, 3-2-1 READ, Licensed Therapist, Wrap-Around Social Services, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Extended Day Learning|
|Program Type:||One-on-One and Small Group|
|Mentoring Location:||Borden, Bridgepoint, Clarksville, Henryville, Jonathan Jennings, Maple, New Washington, Northaven, Parkview Middle, Parkwood, Pleasant Ridge, Riverside, River Valley Middle, Silver Creek, Silver Creek Primary, Spring Hill, Thomas Jefferson, Utica, Wilson|
|Commitment:||One hour a week. Volunteers can select a Clark County school located near them.|
Communities In Schools of Clark County (CISCC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to surround students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
Our 321 Read program matches a community volunteer with a struggling reader for a one-on-one weekly session of reading with the student. The mentoring relationship provides the student another caring adult in their life and the focus on reading helps improve reading skills and reading confidence. We work with 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students. After each session the student gets a new book to build their own personal library.
|Training Involved:||New volunteers are required to attend a 90 minute training session and successfully pass criminal background screening. Returning volunteers also attend an annual training.|
Communities in Schools of Clark County
|Name of Program:||GCCS Mentoring Program|
|Program Type:||One to one and group mentoring|
|Ages:||5-18 years old|
|Mentoring Location:||Clark County Schools|
|Commitment:||School year (10 months), 1 hour per week|
|Program Description:||A mentor is described as a trusted or experienced advisor who has a personal and direct interest in the development and/or education of younger and less individuals. The GCCS Mentoring Program incorporates two types of mentors, personal and professional (career). Personal mentors will meet with students to share knowledge and advice in an effort to help a student grow into a well-rounded young adult and achieve their personal goals. Professional mentors will volunteer their time through the district's College and Career Readiness Initiative by offering wisdom, technical knowledge, education experience, etc. that is specific to one of the district's four career pathways: Business/Technology; Health Care/Related Sciences; Human Services/Education/Law/The Arts; and Engineering/Manufacturing/Technology/Skilled Trades.|
|Training Involved:||One day training. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for dates and times.|
|Contact:||W. Michael Denny|
College and Career Readiness Coordinator
(812) 288-4802 ext. 50401
|Name of Program:||Mentoring Program|
|Program Type:||One on One Mentoring|
|Ages:||College freshmen through seniors (17 and over)|
|Mentoring Location:||Indiana University Southeast|
|Commitment:||Minimum one in-person contact per month (preferably two); other contacts can be phone, cards, email, texting, or Facebook.|
|Program Description:||The Mentoring Program provides one-on-one mentoring services to any students enrolled at Indiana University Southeast. Students are matched with university faculty, staff, and alumni to establish valuable connections through relationships that enhance the personal, academic, and career development of the student. |
Over 120 Mentors serve as guides who counsel, advise, encourage, support, and share their knowledge and expertise with students.
The Mentoring Program enriches students' experiences at Indiana University Southeast by providing guidance and assistance to students in achieving their goals. The Mentoring Program also provides students with someone to talk to who assist in the long-term development of the student success. Lastly, the program provides students with the opportunity to build lasting relationships with their Mentors.
|Training Involved:||Indiana University Southeast Alumni, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate as Mentors. New Mentor Orientation held in August each year for three hours. On-going pertinent information is provided through the Center for Mentoring's E-Newsletter.|
|Contact:||June J. Huggins |
Director, Center for Mentoring
|Name of Program:||Metro United Way|
|Program Description:||Give an hour. Give a Saturday. Give your best. We all have special talents and things we can do to help. No matter when you've participated in the past, or if you're looking to get involved for the first time, coming together to volunteer is one of the best ways to connect heads, hearts and hands around Metro United Way's work to create lasting change. Volunteering is also a great way to make new contacts, learn new skills, gain work experience, meet new people, and most importantly, make a difference in someone's life. At Metro United Way, we recruit the people and organizations from all across the community who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. A community of connected individuals, all people, united and working together for the benefit of all, is at the heart of what we represent. |
United Way Volunteer Connection makes volunteering fun, easy and accessible to individuals, families, groups and corporations. Discover how rewarding volunteering can be - whether you're 18 or 80, a high school student or a retiree, part of a community service group or a corporate president.
|Contact:||Metro United Way |
334 East Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202-0488
|Name of Program:||Mentor Mii|
|Program Type:||School based, one-to-one|
|Ages:||5-18 (Kindergarten - High School)|
|Mentoring Location:||Georgetown Elementary, Grant Line Elementary, S. Ellen Jones Elementary, Slate Run Elementary, Hazelwood Middle, Highland Hills Middle, Scribner Middle, New Albany High School and Floyd Central High School|
August - May (school term)
one day a week, for 30-45 minutes (depending on building, mentors meet before school or during lunch)
|Program Description:||The Mentor Mii ( Mentors get involved and inspire) Program is a traditional, one-to-one mentoring program that matches an adult with a child in order to develop and provide a caring, positive relationship that will motivate students to improve academically and have a positive impact on their self esteem. |
The program seeks to create a culture that focuses on mentoring, all the while providing guidance, leadership and a greater sense of stability in the lives of young people to ensure high levels of competency and success in a global society.
Mentors receive training and a background check before entering our schools. Mentors and mentees meet during breakfast, lunch, or a class period depending on the school site.
|Training Involved:||New mentors receive training in August before the program begins or by appointment.|
|Contact:||Sharon Jones |
Director of Student Programs and Cultural Responsiveness
|Name of Program:||YMCA Student Success Programs|
|Program Type:||Structured program mentoring takes place in a group setting with many opportunities for one on one tutoring, mentoring, and support by volunteers and staff.|
|Ages:||Mostly high school age youth (girls - DIAMONDS) / (boys - Y-CAP). There are youth activities and additional programming for middle school youth and some middle school aged youth approved to attend the mentoring programs.|
Mondays & Wednesdays - Floyd County Family YMCA; Tuesdays & Thursdays - Clark County FamilyYMCA.
Youth are picked up at 2:30 from their schools and the program runs until 5:30 p.m. at each branch location.
We like adults to commit to one county group for the entire school year.
Would need to be available in the afternoons between 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
|Program Description:||DIAMONDS (girls) and Y-CAP (boys) serves low income middle and high school youth, with a strong enrollment focus on 21st Century Scholar youth from New Albany High and Jeffersonville High Schools. The program meets after-school at the YMCA of Southern Indiana locations. The Y staff has built the curriculum around topics such as leadership development, drug prevention, anger management, career exploration, cultural diversity, 40 developmental assets, and other tailored topics for the group needs. |
The volunteers are vital to the program's success and participate as tutors, mentors, group leaders, prepare snacks, and support community service and other activities. The Y provides transportation to and from the program for each participant.
Youth have always received a free Y membership if they maintain their program attendance and goals. We are being more purposeful in providing healthy snacks, organizing active time each time we meet, and having the youth set personal wellness goals. The health disparities amongst low income youth and minorities are disturbing. We are encouraging youth to begin to set a routine of healthy habits which will not only pay dividends in their energy and attention in school but later in life.
|Training Involved:||Background check and online child abuse training required with application. Mentoring program observation and training set up with program staff and youth is ongoing as needed.|
Meredith Clipp Rodriquez, School Age Child Care Director