Single Mom Monday: FREE Mentoring Resources

by Yasmin aka @DJYasminYoung
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(Photo courtesy of Yasmin Young)

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Juggling work, school, raising a family and just making it through every day isn’t easy!  I don’t have any children but every time I talk to my best friend, who is a single mom raising a 12-year-old young man, I am reminded of the struggle you face as a single mother.  Sometimes, especially if you have boys, finding a good mentoring program can be a challenge, but here are a few organizations you can explore:

I Am My Sister
I Am My Sister’s mission is to inspire teen girls to love who they are…help them figure out where they are going…provide the resources to help them get there. We are committed to empowering teen girls ages 13-19 through leadership development, self-esteem and character building, as well as learning the value of community engagement and service.
Contact: Lela Blackwell, 704-524-7376, info@iammysister.or,

Ketchmore Kids
Ketchmore Kids uses hip-hop culture to work with youth on topics such as self-esteem, and gang-prevention.  The program topics for Ketchmore Kids varies, and interactive, hands-on activities are incorporated into each 1.5 hour workshop, which are offered for FREE.  For workshops, ages 8 and up are welcome, and an interest in hip-hop is definitely a must!  Additionally, Ketchmore Kids facilitates community events, such as Stop The Violence Events, and Holiday Toy Drives to benefit those less fortunate.  

Ketchmore Kids Up Coming Events:

2013 Workshop Schedule for Arbor Glen Recreation Center
1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14
2013 Workshop Scheduled for West Charlotte Recreation Center
3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11
Contact: or

Virtuous Diamonds In The Rough
Their first workshop will be held November 10, 2012 at 12pm-2pm
7925 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
For girls ages 6 to 17 years old.
Contact: Register by emailing

Brother2Brother Mentoring Fraternity
Brothers2Brother is a rights of Passage Program for young boys that will help with their social and emotional development. Brother2Brother is designed to provide young boys with life skills, anger management, and mentoring. Great emphasis will be placed on the importance of character, education, family involvement and refraining from disrespecting parents, teachers, adults, and each other. Brothers2Brother will provide constructive, fun, meaningful, and helpful activities. Each Mentor will be recruited from the Community and will be SCREENED to provide adult role models for the boys and to help supervise scheduled activities.

Girl Talk Foundation
Founded by Janine Davis, the Girl Talk Foundation encourages positive and critical thinking, builds character, promotes self-respect, teaches life skills, teaches leadership skills and serves as a network of support for young girls ages 11.
Contact: 704-335-5885,,

Thomas Davis Defending Dreams
The TDDF is built on these principles and strives to encourage students to develop the essential life and social skills that will make them leaders of tomorrow.  Young men and women are accepted.
Contact: 704-975-8010,,

Renovatus Sports / Mentoring Program
1209 Little Rock Road, Charlotte, Nc (In Gymnasium)
Tuesday Nights 6:30-8:30pm
Activities include: fooseball, basketball,pool, board games, mentoring. Open to both boys and girls.
Contact: Broderick Hood 704-361-4244,
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