Neighborhood Involvement Program (N.I.P.) Youth Mentoring Program

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Basic Information

Address: 3333 N. 4th St. Minneapolis, MN 55412
Phone Number: 612-276-1523
Fax Number: 612-276-1531

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Additional Information

Focus: Youth Mentoring
Director: Lacey Curtis
Schools Served: The program serves children located in the 55411 and 55412 zip codes.
School District: N. Minneapolis
County: Hennepin
Schedule: Thursdays 3-7 p.m.
Ages: 10-14
Capacity: 30
Membership/Pricing: N/A

The mentoring program is located in the Center for Families in N. Minneapolis.


This is a new program that will begin in the fall 2011 school year.

Program Highlights:

The program lasts for 3 hours a week. Children meet for around one hour for peer groups and then meet for one hour with their mentors.

Support Services:

The peer groups offer support for kids on certain topics of support (help in school, safety, coping with stress, building relationships). Children also receive support from their mentors. Support is also available for mentors through training sessions; and available for parents through parent support groups.


help with homework, board games, card games, peer discussions, conversations with mentors about school/future plans/life, weekly activities, etc.

Field Trip Destinations: N/A
Program Information:

Mentoring Program Overview: Together Obtaining Guidance Encouraged Through Healthy Empowering Relationships (T.O.G.E.T.H.E.R.) is a non-profit youth mentoring program offered by the Neighborhood Involvement Program (NIP). Youth mentoring is important because it pairs an adult volunteer with a young person who needs or wants a caring, responsible adult in their lives. T.O.G.E.T.H.E.R. serves youth 5th-8th grade. Qualified children for the program live in North Minneapolis. The program aims to help children reach educational and personal goals by matching them with a mentor who will meet with them once a week for one hour. By matching a child with a qualified mentor, they will be able to see themselves grow from a child into a young adult.

Mentor Description:
Mentors come from all different backgrounds. The one thing they have in common is a desire to be a positive influence in a child’s life. Mentors need to commit to meeting one-on-one with a child once a week for at least one school year. The mentor is someone who will help a child with their school work; as well as teach them skills they can use within the community. Examples include helping with homework, reading a book together, playing chess, filling out job applications together, cooking a meal, discussing professional goals, etc.
Mentor Screening:
The screening process includes the following: volunteer application form, interview, reference check, and federal & state criminal background checks
Youth Referrals:
Youth referrals come from a variety of places: parent/guardian, self, social worker, teacher, or other professional.