Kaylee has always felt lonely and like she was being left out by her classmates. These feelings were magnified when the stay-at-home order began on March 23, 2020, which prevented her from going to school. This summer, Kaylee began bonding with a mentor from Mālama Mentors who felt the same way growing up. Recently, Kaylee told her mentor, “It's so nice having somebody who also went through this.” Stories like Kaylee's are the reason why Mālama Mentors has continued to serve keiki throughout the COVID-19 crisis and why the organization is seeking to raise $20,000 this fall.
Mālama Mentors is launching a $20,000 GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for the continuation of mentorship programs between local high school students and lonely elementary school keiki throughout the 2020-2021 school year. These funds will support one-on-one mentorship sessions and out-of-school events so children will be able to safely continue to meet weekly with a caring mentor.
To be completely transparent, we've canceled two major fundraising opportunities due to COVID-19. Please know that our staff have been working so hard to fight for Hawaii’s lonely children during the crisis and will continue to do so after. We are now asking for your support in helping us fight to keep our staff and to maintain the program in our communities.
Established in 2003 as a Honolulu-based 501(c)(3) non-profit, parent organization Common Grace facilitates partnerships between public elementary schools and neighborhood churches to provide mentors with highly vulnerable children. Common Grace launched its Mālama Mentors program in 2015 to partner exceptional high school juniors and seniors with lonely children at nearby elementary schools. Since 2003, Common Grace and Mālama Mentors have served over 3,000 lonely children and their families. For more information on Mālama Mentors, visit mālamamentors.org.
Our mission is to positively influence elementary school children through life-changing connections with high school mentors. We hope to provide supportive high school mentors to every Hawaiʻi public elementary school student in need of a friend.
High school mentors who are chosen for Mālama Mentors demonstrate excellence academically, socially and in the community. Students are interviewed and handpicked by teachers and counselors. Once mentors complete a 8-week training curriculum, they are carefully matched with a child in an elementary school and spend an hour a week with them giving their undivided attention.
This past year, Mālama Mentors served over 320 elementary school students by partnering with 10 high schools and 13 elementary schools. Despite suffering financial setbacks due to COVID-19, Mālama Mentors continued to serve children throughout the crisis by moving in-person mentorship to online platforms, extending mentorship programs into the summer through the “SomeBuddy Cares” Program, continuing to train high school mentors through the All-Stars Mentor Program, and by donating school supplies to their partnering Title 1 schools.
If you kindly donate, here are some rewards for your generous pledges:)
(Each reward level includes all rewards beneath that level too! For example, if you give $20, you will recieve a pen as well as a sticker.)
$10- Exclusive Mālama Mentors Pen
$20- Exclusive Mālama Mentors Sticker
$50- Thank you note from a mentor and mentee
$100- Exclusive Mālama Mentors T-Shirt
$150- Personalized shout-out on Instagram
$250- Personalized thank you video from mentors, mentees and staff
$500- Lunch on us and with us! (Safely, of course)
Your donations will support our mission: to eradicate loneliness from our public school keiki and provide someone in their lives that genuinely cares.
Thank you for your time and we hope you can support the keiki in our community!
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