New Beginnings Mentoring Program

The New Beginnings Mentoring Project, sponsored by the Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone, will be offered this coming school year at West High School!

Mentoring provides young people the opportunity to explore career options, seek leadership guidance, educational resources, support with developing social and decision-making skills, and continue to build a positive supportive social network by focusing on relationship building, goal setting, SMART decision making, and financial literacy.



What is a Mentor?

Mentoring is a mutual relationship and partnership between two individuals who share common interests. A mentor is a trusted adult friend with a long-term, consistent commitment to provide guidance and support to a young person. By engaging a mentor, a young person should feel empowered to take greater responsibility for their lives, families, community, and program.


Who are the Mentors?

Mentors undergo training from the Mentoring Center of Columbus, affiliated with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Ohio. They also pass FBI/BCI background checks. Mentors make the commitment to attend all training sessions and every weekly meeting with their mentees, currently from 2:30-4:00 on Tuesdays during the school year.



Mentor Responsibilities

  • Attend orientation, pre-match training sessions, and follow-up
  • training during the school year.
  • Make a 9-month commitment to a young person, meeting at least
  • weekly during the school year according to the program schedule.
  • Develop plan for meeting goals determined by the partnership
  • Participate in group mentoring activities.
  • Communicate as required with Mentoring Coordinator.
  • Provide all needed data for program evaluation.

Now seeking mentors! Please contact Bill Leibensperger for more information! 

New Beginnings Partners

Local businesses have provided many of the current mentors, and we are looking to establish new business/community partnerships as we plan for the future. Homes on the Hill CDC is providing a Financial Literacy curricular component to the program. New Beginnings is a partnership with Columbus City Schools and Community Connectors, a state-based grant program that funds the project. This grant is renewable annually, and our plan is to grow the program to at least 36 mentor/mentee partnerships. We value these partnerships and invite others to join us!

How can you help

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or would like to make the opportunity available to your employees or social group or if you have any questions, please contact

Bill Leibensperger, Mentoring Coordinator
Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone  or 614-570-3276





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