The TALKS Mentoring Program recruits adult mentors to share wisdom with children. We understand that adults conduct business on a daily basis. The TALKS Mentoring Program is designed to be one of your weekly business appointments.
Dr. Harold Davis, executive director, founded the TALKS Mentoring Program in 1995. In 1996 the effort continued with seven men volunteering as mentors for one hour per week in the middle schools of Champaign, Illinois. Today, TALKS Mentoring Program is used in several states and various institutions.
TALKS has learned that a credible impact can be made in the life of a child with a minimal investment of time on the part of an adult. TALKS uses a systematic, structured, business approach to sharing wisdom with young people.
At Cincinnati Urban Promise the TALKS program has improved our mentoring experience for both mentors and students! Our students love their time with their mentors and the mentors love the flexibility and guidance provided by the TALKS curriculum.
Our mentoring program meets on Thursday evenings at 6:30PM. We are always recruiting new mentors and are especially in need of additional male mentors.
The JfL class consists of 16 sessions and teaches timeless biblical principles concerning work and the ways those principles are applied in the marketplace.
The class takes the students on a journey – a journey to discover who they are, their unique value, and the principles they need to overcome roadblocks in their lives. Centered on the Bible, the course covers lessons learned from the lives of characters such as Joseph, David, and Ruth, the teachings of Jesus’ parables, and examples of real world heroes. In addition, the class equips the students with core work readiness skills such as presenting their 60 second commercial, developing a vocational plan, building a resume, learning effective interviewing skills, and many others.
Along with the training, every JfL student has a JfL champion – a mentor or a group of mentors – who provides the student friendship and support both during the training and once the student is employed. 95% of finding and keeping a job is “who you know.” Many JfL students do not have a “who you know network” that can advocate for them and provide support to help them overcome barriers in their lives keeping them from success.
We need educators who would be willing to come along side our ministry to teach these courses and build a support network for our neighbors. Will you join us?