The Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership (RIMP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the expansion of quality mentoring services for Rhode Island youth. OUR MISSION: To enhance the lives of Rhode Island’s youth through mentoring.
WHO WE ARE: In 1990, a partnership was formed among Warwick Public Schools, MetLife and the Chamber Education Foundation (now d/b/a the Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership) to develop a mentoring program to help youth succeed. What started with 10 volunteer mentors from MetLife and 10 elementary school students (mentees) has grown to include nearly 300 mentoring pairs at all 23 Warwick Schools. Through the generosity of The Feinstein Foundation, we brought this successful model statewide, resulting in the development of the RI Mentoring Partnership. Since 1999, RIMP has served as the statewide expert in mentoring.
WHAT WE DO: The Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership is the state leader in youth mentoring and responsible for collaboration, training, and support among mentoring agencies so that each Rhode Island child who needs a mentor gets one. We offer collaboration among mentoring agencies, provide volunteer referral services, statewide marketing campaigns and advocacy for mentoring. RIMP also directly operates The Feinstein Mentor Training Institute, which offers high-quality trainings for mentors and mentor program coordinators; and One-to-one school-based mentoring programs in Warwick, Woonsocket, and Newport, where mentors meet for one-hour each week with their student mentees on school grounds, during school hours.
Here is a TRUE story: Alana was matched with her mentor when she was in second grade. She was homeless and received little support and guidance from her troubled, single mom. Her mentor, who stayed with her all the way through high school, was her life-saver. “If it wasn’t for my mentor,” says Alana, “I’d be a teenage, single parent on welfare. Because of her I graduated from high school and have a good job as a customer service manager. And she’s still there for me, even now.” Mentoring works!