Our goal is to provide 3,000 additional children with compassionate mentors by 2025.
During the school year, mentors commit to meeting with their students for one hour, once a week, at a designated location. Our mentors come from our partnerships with high schools, colleges, businesses, and other private, public and faith-based communities.
Our Mentorship Programs
Mālama Mentors partners exceptional juniors and seniors in local high schools with in-need students at nearby elementary schools. Mentors who are referred to the program by their counselors or teachers demonstrate compassion for others, commitment, and the desire to work with children. Once trained, mentors are carefully matched with a child with their partner elementary school and spend an hour a week giving their one-to-one undivided attention. Fostering a friendship through C.A.K.E.: compassion, attention, kindness, and encouragement—is our priority.
Young adult mentors are trained and matched with in-need public middle school students at nearby middle schools. Learn More>
Our partnerships with community senior homes bring together mentors, students, and older adults at least twice a month, creating a space for intergenerational mentorship. Learn More>
In the summer, Common Grace offers its free “SomeBuddy Cares” summer mentorship program as an extension of the mentoring services provided throughout the school year. Parents of at-risk elementary school children may sign their kids up to safely meet with a "buddy” or mentor as needed for emotional and social support. The SomeBuddy Cares Program is expected to run from June 1 to July 31. To be considered for the program, children must be referred by a school counselor or principal or meet our mentee requirements.
Mentor of the Month
Aiea High School | Senior
Julia has been a Malama Mentor for 4 years! Most of our mentors are juniors and seniors but Julia came highly recommended as a freshman. She really knows how to be there for someone else and has developed this skill during her high school career. She’s had outgoing keiki and shy, too. Every time she dutifully served C.A.K.E.
We’re so proud of Julia for many reasons! One of them being her dedication to showing up for a keiki in her neighborhood. She has made a world of difference in our keiki's lives. We’re stoked to see what else she does in years to come.
One Mentor, One Keiki, One Hour,
One day of the Week, One School Year
HOW WE HELP
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2019) found that 37.8% of middle school students reported they were bullied at school.
Children demonstrate more negative behaviors when they lack the emotional and material support at home that they need to smoothly handle a family transition.
Low family income negatively affects children’s social-emotional, cognitive, and academic outcomes, even after controlling for parental characteristics.
While young children need constant caregivers with whom they can form secure attachments, adolescents need parental support, role models, and continuity of residence and schools to succeed.