Why Mentoring Is So Important

 
 

it all started when...

All Things Made New was started by an Elementary School Teacher, Michelle Flores, in Irving, TX who saw the need for support with the teenage girls in the area. Her desire was to support teenage girls to continue their education, respect themselves, create lasting relationships, and learn responsibility in every facet of their life. She has a passion for these girls and wants them all to succeed, no matter what their background may hold. She saw the need for mentoring in the middle schools and knew she couldn’t do it all on her own. All Things Made New started for middle school girls meeting the last Friday over every month at a City of Irving building and park. What was meant to be for middle school girls soon grew to also serve high school girls enduring similar situations. Over the course of 2 years, different meeting locations and growth, they opened their first facility located at 212 S. Main Street on April 21, 2015 after many months of searching and prepping for the perfect place to welcome them and create a safe haven for them to grow. In 2016, All Things Made New expanded its organization to begin Iron Roots, a program that mirrors the mentoring program except with the focus on preteen and teenage boys. The 5th-8th grade and high school girls group of All Things Made New was renamed to More than Gold, as their own specific program.In addition to all of this, the Family Point program was opened to serve families and the needs of the community.  The first program in Family Point was Cafe Con Leche, which serves mothers as a support system, a time to discuss being a wife, mother, sister, friend, or caregiver.  This program was followed by Set Free and Something About Marriage. In 2017,  we expanded our reach to serve teen moms through GRACE, “Girls Raising Adolescent Children Effectively.”

I’ve been looking for program for my child for the past two years. He has ADHD and needs strong men to influence his life. I am single parent and there is no father figure. Talking with other young boys and men may be a big help for his future. We have been on a waiting list for another program for over 3 years. This has been a complete blessing to me.
— Iron Roots Parent