DALLAS — There's a new app dedicated to helping community members interested in becoming mentors find the resources who need the volunteers.
David Reeves developed and recently launched the Mentor Connector app. He says it’s a tool that he believes can help community members make an impact in the lives of youth.
”I see the absence of fathers being one of the main problems in our community,” Reeves said.
Reeves is a professional mentor and mentoring trainer. He's on a mission to help community members fill a void he sees across local schools, churches and neighborhoods.
”Everybody needs more mentors,” Reeves said. "Everybody needs more volunteers to come and talk to the kids.”
Mentor Connector is a free app that works to connect potential mentors with dozens of organizations and youth who need them. Reeves said the app makes it easy for volunteers to sign up. It alerts them to mentoring events, and provides training programs for those starting out.
"A lot of people think they can’t be a mentor because they don’t know enough, or they don’t know how to engage students, and I’m just here to offer training and show you it really is this simple," he said.
Several individuals and groups in Dallas have received national attention for mentoring programs. However, the Mentor Connector teams says there remains a challenge.
”The struggle is still to maintain consistent mentors,” Reeves explained.
The Mentor Connector team will be using the app as a recruiting tool at different events. The next program will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 23 at UNT Dallas.
“I’m a firm believer we all can be mentors,” Reeves said. ”Everyone can mentor someone.”