Mentoring / Community Service
mĕn’–tŏr: a wise and trusted friend or teacher
Inclusive Sports and Fitness, Inc., programming incorporates interactional and relationship-based practice by providing structured supportive mentoring with typically developing children and young adult mentors. The peer mentors facilitate improvement in socio-emotional-behavioral competency and positive social engagement.
Mentor for fun and community
ISF is an integrated performance-based mentor program using sports to teach motor and social interaction skills. The mentorship consists of pairing children with learning, developmental, or social impairments (our athletes) with healthy, active youth from the community. Mentors engage in all activities with the athlete, as ISF utilizes a site-based mentorship model under the supervision of occupational therapy, teachers, and physical therapists. ISF incorporates therapeutic principles inherent in sport, play, and recreation to foster positive personal, social, and physical growth and development. Your support will be instrumental in giving a child the opportunity to engage in productive activities that foster positive social interaction. The role of the mentor is to provide a therapeutic relationship that helps to foster increased communication/social skills and a positive sense of self within the youth.
A matter of trust
Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support, and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee. An ISF mentor is peer who provides a young person with support, counsel, friendship, reinforcement, and constructive example. Mentors are good listeners, who care, and who want to help young people develop strengths they already have. A mentor is not a therapist or cool peer. Mentoring works in her book Stand by Me: The Risks and Rewards of Mentoring Today’s Youth, Dr. Jean Rhodes of the University of Massachusetts concludes that mentors influence young people in three important ways: 1) by enhancing social skills and emotional well-being; 2) by improving cognitive skills through dialogue and listening; and 3) by serving as a role model and advocate.
What is your commitment as an ISF Mentor?
We are very flexible, and can work around your schedule.