Joslyn’s Kent Bellows Mentoring Program offers challenging
discussions and workshops that encourage students to explore, observe,
think, and create. Three semesters per year, professional artist mentors
are matched with about 50 high school students who are provided an
opportunity to find personal inspiration, gain technical skills, and
build an art portfolio. Teens and mentors meet after school in an
environment that provides a balance of freedom and support, diverse art
practice, and which encourages community involvement. The mentoring program is a partner member of the Midlands Mentoring Partnership (MMP)
. Inclusion is reserved for
programs that meet or exceed the best practices for mentoring, as
outlined in the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring
Edition), including recruitment of appropriate mentors and mentees;
screening of mentors; training of mentors, mentees and their families;
matching of mentors and mentees; monitoring and support of the match;
and appropriate closure of the match. These standards are essential to
achieving the positive outcomes of mentees, including increased academic
achievement, improved attendance, and increased twenty-first-century
— Applications are now being accepted for Summer 2015. Click here for the Students page.
— Are you interested in volunteering with the Mentoring Program? See below for volunteer opportunities.
Kent Bellows Mentoring Program Volunteer Opportunities
- Help distribute Mentoring Program student applications, posters, and general information to area high schools. Requires own transportation. Time commitment varies.
Event Volunteer -
Welcome and check-in guests, manage food tables, and take photographs at Young Artist Exhibitions and other special events. Time commitment varies.
Snack Volunteer -
Provide snacks for students during afternoon Mentoring Program sessions. Choose one afternoon per week.
Questions? Please contact Weston Thomson, Community Outreach Manager, at (402) 661-3891 or by email