Now, more than ever KIDS NEED YOU TO SHARE

Whether it’s your hobbies, interests, workplace, or career, young people are starving for the opportunity to learn about and experience future possibilities. While growing up, many of us adults regularly “rubbed shoulders” with older generations. These moments often expanded our horizons and pushed us into worlds we never would have visited on our own, but they also helped us develop greater confidence and social-skills. Today, studies show that many kids live in what they call an “opportunity gap”, because they simply don’t have connections that will expose them to new worlds and experiences, like we did. Unfortunately, without these opportunities, they don’t possess the same hope and perspective as other young people. This is leading to lower social/emotional health, greater drop-out rates, less post-secondary educational pursuits, a higher poverty rate, and more overall negative and destructive behaviors.

By Becoming an EXPERIENCE PARTNER can close that gap!

It’s simple! By sharing your hobby, interest, workplace, or career you can change the future of a young person.

 

 

We simply ask for about 1 hour* each time, to share your “experience” with one of our mentor matches. The mentor will always accompany the young person as an overseer and to offer support.

* Some experiences may take less or more time.

We ask that you provide this opportunity a few times a year, as we have kids curious about your “experience”. We will contact you to schedule the visit.

Enjoy showing the young person a whole new world of fun, learning, and possibilities. Feel good knowing that you played a key role in helping that young person find a new hobby and perhaps a new path forward in life!

 

DON’T TAKE YOUR OPPORTUNITY

FOR GRANTED!

Are you willing to share what you love to do? Hundreds of young people are curious and ready to learn something new. You can pass on your interests and excitement to the next generations!


Build a birdhouse, show them how to garden, take them on a ride in your boat or on your horse. Teach them how to stream online, crotchet a beanie, or use a camera. Give a tour of your job and company, share your sport, or show them how to origami.

Sometimes we may feel that our hobbies, interests, workplace, or careers aren’t that exciting. Well, it’s important to remember that most of the kids in our community and program have never experienced it before and may love to learn everything about it.



So, take a look at the list below to see some examples of experiences to share:


  • Auto Repair
  • Woodworking
  • Gardening
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Job Tour or Job Shadow
  • Horseback Riding
  • Animal Care/Training
  • Any Sports
  • Models/RC Cars
  • Sewing/Knitting/Quilting
  • Scrapbooking
  • Cooking
  • Photography/Videography
  • Graphic Arts
  • Music
  • Dancing
  • Pickling/Canning
  • Online Streaming/podcast
  • Pottery/Sculpting


  • Painting/Drawing
  • Archery/Sportsman
  • Floral Arranging
  • Astronomy
  • Chess
  • Computer Programming
  • Collecting
  • Fantasy Sports
  • Flying/Pilot
  • Interior Decorating
  • Investing/Finances
  • Foreign Languages
  • Magic
  • Martial Arts
  • Metalworking
  • Origami
  • Paintball
  • Plumbing
  • Pool/Darts
  • Robotics


  • Reading/Bookclubs
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Skateboarding
  • Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Travel
  • Volunteerism
  • Writing
  • Metal Detecting
  • Bird Watching
  • Beekeeping
  • Theater/Drama
  • Rocket Launching
  • Jewelry Making
  • Model Railroads
  • Puzzles
  • Table Tennis
  • Cosplay
  • Prepping
  • Geocaching
  • Any hobby or career…



Joining Is Simple







Download Experience Partner application, complete (it’s very short), and email back to info@forgeyouthmentoring.org



Forge will contact you to schedule an EXPERIENCE visit from mentor match(es), based on your timing and number of participants requested.





Share your experience with our mentees and their mentors and we’ll contact you afterwards to ask how it went!

 





Sit back and enjoy knowing that you helped shape the future of young people in our community!

 





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