Mission Statement

We are building a Tribe of Mentors and investing in the lives of overlooked and undervalued youth, ages 15-23, by equipping people and creating opportunities for relational mentoring.  A Tribe of Mentors will grow into a community of life-on-life relationships - together - bringing restoration to Rockford.


Relational Engagement Model

The goal of transformational change is something no program or policy could ever guarantee.  Transformation occurs in relationships, and ultimately, the final result goes beyond our control, but this is not to minimize our responsibility.  Our responsibility goes far beyond that of planting, or merely, scattering seeds.  We are responsible for the groundwork.  The work of cultivating the ground is hard and laborsome.  Watering and fertilizing is critical.  It’s a long, slow process that requires a commitment and patience, from us, daily.

The key to success will not be because of these 6 core pillars, but the relationships.Transformation occurs through relationships.  The pillars are holistic, addressing the most critical areas for the success of justice-involved youth.  Without the necessary support in these areas, justice-involved youth frequently receive “chances” that are setting them up for failure.

At the heart of everything we do is relationships.  We’re building a tribe of mentors, leading and serving one another in relationship.  We define relational mentoring as authentic, life-on-life, relationships where each of us comes together to learn, and each of us comes to give.