Be A Mentor, Inc.

Reaching More At-Risk Youth

aka Be A Mentor   |   HAYWARD, CA   |  www.beamentor.org

Mission

Be A Mentor seeks to help children and youth from challenging and vulnerable circumstances develop the assets necessary to make healthy life choices, set realistic goals, act with determination and ultimately build vibrant successful lives for themselves through direct contact and relationships with caring and positive adult role models.

Ruling year info

1993

Principal Officer

Mr. Robert Goetsch

Main address

22693 Hesperian Blvd Suite 170

HAYWARD, CA 94541 USA

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EIN

94-3165640

NTEE code info

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

PROBLEM: The gap between children and youth who have positive adult role models and those wanting mentors is large. OUR VISION: Every child who wants a mentor shall have access to a mentor.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

East Bay Mentoring Collaborative

Be A Mentor supports the mentoring activities of East Bay non-profits serving high-risk youth in the cities of Oakland, Richmond, and Berkeley. Be A Mentor provides "backbone" support of recruiting, vetting, training and matching mentors with children served by participating East Bay agencies that provide long-term, one on one mentoring between caring adults and vulnerable youth.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Mentorship 2020 is a state-wide strategy for connecting California's foster youth with caring adult mentors by the year 2020. Foster care youth face multiple barriers to success: 1 in 5 will be arrested and over a third will experience homelessness. Providing a caring, well trained mentor is a cost-effective intervention. Be a Mentor provides the systems, process and protocols for a state-wide effort to ensure that every foster youth who wants a mentor gets a mentor. Be A Mentor is currently upgrading its systems, partnering with agencies throughout the state, and obtaining necessary funding to implementing an effective mentoring program for every California foster youth by the year 2020.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Be A Mentor provides, maintains, and trains on proprietary software that allows schools and school districts to manage their mentors, volunteers, and organizational partners.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

International Mentoring Association 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students connected with adults by school district use of VMS software

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

School Support Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of mentor-mentee matches

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

East Bay Mentoring Collaborative

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

PURPOSE: To ensure children and youth transition to successful, productive, and happy adult citizens who contribute to the well-being of their communities and to society.

OUR AIM: To employ our experience, technology and success in partnering with organizations serving children to exponentially increase the number of children who have positive adult role models.

Over the next four years, Be A Mentor will pursue the following strategies to achieve its mission, vision and purpose:

• Organization - To grow and improve its internal capacity to become a leading organization in the mentoring field.

• Sustainability - To create a sustainable future by employing innovative and diversified fund development strategies.

• Mentoring Collaborations - To build the mentoring field by the use of a scalable process for developing and supporting collaborations of youth-serving providers.

• Corporation Support - To engage Corporations to invest and serve as role models to foster their future workforce and better the communities they do business.

• School District Support - To provide and support school districts, nationwide, with an efficient and effective system that assures student safety, for connecting volunteers and district partners with students to enhance academic achievement.

Be A Mentor is a nationally recognized leader in designing effective programs for recruiting, screening, training and matching high quality adult mentors with at-risk youth, and has demonstrated its effectiveness in improving academic and life outcomes for under-served children. We have developed and implemented a cloud-based software application for managing school district volunteers and long-term mentoring relationships that has the potential to be replicated and scaled anywhere. We have recently hired a Program Outreach Director to achieve our goals and strategies.
Some of our partners include:
• California Mentoring Partnership, with sixteen California area mentoring coalitions and nearly two hundred non-profit service providers
• California Department of Social Services and county departments of children and families throughout the state
• California Department of Education Coordinated School Health and Safety Office and county office of education foster youth service programs throughout the state
• California CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association and county CASAs
• California Youth Connection (CYC) and CYC chapters throughout the state
• Stars Behavioral Health Group with locations throughout California
• U S Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

School districts currently using Be a Mentor's management software system have more than doubled the number volunteers working in their schools, have set district-wide vetting requirements to which individual schools adhere, and provide online management tools for both district and school personnel to use. Now that the infrastructure for volunteerism is in place, districts can measure the effectiveness of volunteer programs using a variety of student performance indicators.

Be A Mentor has begun creating mentoring collaborations to increase the number of youth-mentor matches. We have initiated a state-wide initiative in California to reach thousands of high-needs youth in foster care.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Be A Mentor, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

William Mullins

Workforcedge, LLC

Term: 2009 - 2021

William Mullins

Workforcedge President

Robert Goetsch

Be A Mentor, Inc. Executive Director

Elfride Groh

Felson Companies

Thomas Thurston

Wells Fargo

Vasily Starostenko

Uber

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/07/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/07/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.