MCEC Mentors

MCEC Mentors is a program that matches adult volunteers with at-risk youth for one-on-one mentoring and small group mentoring events. The goal of the mentors is to help to increase social skills and positive decision making to reduce the likelihood of these youth offending or re-offending. The mentor model also assists the youth and his/her family with additional resources as well as provide any additional support.

Individual service plans are created for each youth to determine the specific needs of the youth. The mentors meet with the youth approximately 2 hours per week to work on positive youth development, skill building activities, homework, and recreation. Mentoring activities occur at the youth’s school, local MCEC office, and/or out in the community(i.e., library, parks and recreation centers, etc.). 

Youth served are referred by Juvenile Court Counselors, School Resource Officers, Law Enforcement, and/or School Administrators.

We currently have MCEC Mentors in Duplin, Wayne, Sampson, & Beaufort Counties, and our programs are funded by those counties Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils. If you would like to learn more or to sign up as a mentor/volunteer, please contact the coordinators below:

Duplin/Wayne/Sampson County MCEC Mentors: Nikita Newkirk, nnewkirk@mceconline.org (910-275-0003)

Beaufort County MCEC Mentors: Asiyah Khaatoon, asiyak@mceconline.org  (252-375-4429)

“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves” ~Steven Spielberg