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This is your opportunity to make a meaningful difference in lives of young people, their families, and their future generations.  

 

One mentee, Bailey, shared, “I just needed someone to talk to. I know my friends feel the same way.” 

He said there was no one there for him, “except my mentor”, to listen and offer insight through the crucial times of his life. He had lost hope in school and with his family, and his friendships were taking him down a wrong path. But, his life changed for good through his mentor, who helped him feel valued and encouraged.

 

Bailey is like so many other young people today.  Studies show that between 33%-47% of young people say they do not have a positive adult in their lives but would like one.   

 

Become a donor and join our team to help us bring hope and direction to kids in need!

 

There are many ways you can give to FORGE.  Take a look below to see what tugs at your heart the most or contact us to ask about funding special projects not listed.

 

As we are adding new chapters regularly, feel free to identify the community you’d like your donation to apply to, or mark it “greatest need” and we will direct it to help newer chapters in need.

 

REGULAR GIVING

GUIDE: $200/month

Provide funding to cover all costs for 4 mentor matches

PROTECTOR: $100/month

Provide funding to cover all costs for 2 mentor matches

SPONSOR a MATCH: $50/month

Provide funding to cover all costs for 1 mentor match

BUILDER: $25/month

Your support will help us support and equip our mentors to serve most effectively

FRIEND: $15/month

Your support will help us build and maintain referral agency partnerships 

EXPERIENCE SPONSORING A MATCH

 

Wish you could experience the joy of mentoring, but unable to participate yourself!  By donating $50 per month, you will help us support a young person and their mentor while they’re a part of FORGE.  Even more, you’ll hear stories/updates from the match you support and see pictures of them in action! 

SPECIAL GIVING

 

You can help with special projects/events, including these regular expenses: 

STARTER KITS for Mentor Match ($35 each)

BACKGROUND CHECKS for Mentor and Volunteers ($65 each)

FLYERS & MATERIALS to recruit mentors, volunteers, kids, and parents ($150 each order)

GROUP ACTIVITIES held 4-6 times annually for Mentor Matches ($200 each)

 

NEW CHAPTER VENTURE DONORS:

 

Every community needs and wants a mentoring program, but very few have the leadership and funding needed.  Our model is fully developed and can be easily placed in cities of any size. Venture donors enable us to launch new chapters and build lasting foundations, so that we may serve more communities across the country. 

 

We are aggressive in expansion, as the need is great, and kids’ lives are in the balance – not to mention our communities.

 

Your VENTURE donation will pave the way in helping us find matching funds from individuals, businesses, and churches.  It also helps build the foundation for long-term sustainability in that community.

 

BUSINESS SPONSORSHIPS:

 

Your business can play a vital role in helping FORGE connect the generations, bringing support to kids and families.  Our effective model bolstered by your financial support is needed to meet the growing need.  

Will you consider investing in mentoring youth in our community?  

 

Besides FORGE publicly honoring your company, studies also show that companies who fund youth mentoring benefit their employees

 

PLANNED GIVING:

 

THIS IS RETURN ON INVESTMENT

“It’s better to build boys, than mend men.” – S. Truett Cathy, Founder of Chick-fil-A

The single most common factor for children who develop resilience is at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive parent, caregiver, or other adult.” – The Science of Resilience, Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child

Study after study shows the power of mentoring to positively affect the lives of young person (not to mention the adult).  It’s proven to fill the gap for children and help them improve their self-worth, confidence, resilience, future outlook, social/relational/communication skills, employment abilities, volunteerism, and leadership.  

Additionally, our FORGE model capitalizes on the passion and gifting of great volunteers.  Because we use well-trained individuals for key roles (Ambassadors, Support Coaches, Church Champions, Trainers, etc.) our cost of mentoring is 1/3 that of similar mentoring programs!  Your money WILL GO A LONG WAYS and help so many more kids in need.

 

YOUR DONATIONS FUND OUR ONGOING WORK OF:


1. Recruiting, Training, and effectively Screening mentors and program volunteers
2. Garnering church partnerships and presenting to congregations
3. Securing youth referral agencies (schools, counseling agencies, youth serving programs, etc.)
4. Raise funding base to provide for the budget and long-term stability
5. Promote the need for and strategies in mentoring to the community

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Your Donation Funds FORGE’s Continual Work of:
1. Recruiting, Training, and effectively Screening mentors and program volunteers
2. Garnering church partnerships and presenting to congregations
3. Securing youth referral agencies (schools, counseling agencies, youth serving programs, etc.)
4. Raise funding base to provide for the budget and long-term stability
5. Promote the need for and strategies in mentoring to the community


Why Youth Mentoring Needs Funding

Mentoring has been proven be a preventive tool in helping young people establish identity, learn new skills, discover their God-given potential, and set goals to achieve success and find joy. These intentional cross-generational connections are shown to create sustainable positive change and provide young people access to hopeful and experienced counsel.

Forge’s model delivers the highest results as it focuses on empowering mentors with tools and inspiration, uses well trained volunteers to fill key programming roles, and teams with the local church at a deep level to access many potential volunteers.

Why is Mentoring is Needed More than Ever
Think back to when you were growing up. Who mentored you, giving you the tools you needed to succeed in life? Many in the older generations can name several caring adults who shaped their lives and made them who they are today. Unfortunately, times have changed…

…Today, our country is in crisis as negative and destructive behavior by young people continues to rise. Youth are struggling with an increasing number of mental health problems, crime and gang activity, teen pregnancy, and drug and alcohol abuse. All this while we see falling rates of school attendance and completion, and job preparedness among youth and young adults.

Even our churches are being significantly affected as 18-22 year old’s are leaving the church like never before. Much is being questioned about life, while connection to safe and positive adults who can offer sound answers has been dramatically reduced.

We need your help to impact the generations to come
By donating to Forge, you’ll join a powerful team of Donors who will bring change today and leave a legacy! Contact us to learn more about investing in future through mentoring or complete this form to help TODAY!


Forge is a 501c3 Tax-Exempt Organization
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