Who We Are Get Involved LIFT Mentors A LIFT Mentor is a compassionate, trustworthy, community member with time and knowledge to give back to a person in need of guidance, motivation, training, and/or support. A mentor is also a positive role model, dependable, engaged, and authentic. Some LIFT mentors will be a listening ear while other mentors may provide more specialized training and support. The ideal LIFT mentor builds trust by willingly putting their mentee’s development ahead of their own self-interest. LIFT acknowledges that mentoring is not age specific and can be richly experienced even when the mentor is younger than the mentee. Values Listening Actively hearing the words of others with thoughtful consideration and compassion. Empathy Seeking to understand and be sensitive to the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another without judgment. Awareness Walking alongside someone with a willingness to fully know them in their journey. Accountability Making a commitment to be present as a reliable and responsible role model. Foresight Looking beyond present circumstances to equip others to reach tehir best possible future. Stewardship The careful and responsible management of relationships with others. Knowledge Willingness to share learning gained through life experiences. Diversity Inclusion Intentional connection with others who are sometimes excluded from the opportunity to reach their full potential by celebrating not only our differences but what we have in common. Become A Mentor LIFT Mentees A LIFT mentee is a community member in need of guidance, training, and/or support to reach their full potential. This can range from a young child needing someone to show up and care, a member of the workforce looking to enhance their job skills, to an older adult interested in learning tech skills or in need of a listening ear. Some mentees will need general encouragement and guidance while others will require more specialized training and support. Get Connected With A Mentor Our Business Partners Several community minded organizations are leading the way in the LIFT Mentoring initiative, providing employees with volunteer mentor opportunities during work hours to create positive change. Become A Partner City of Lakeland The City of Lakeland has committed to 30 employees to volunteer mentor opportunities during work hours to create positive change. Excellent Exteriors We are the leading company for exterior home cleaning services in Lakeland FL and the surrounding areas. Lakeland Rotary + Know & Grow The Lakeland Rotary Club is full of People of Action who believe in Service Above Self and actively Serve to Change Lives. Madden Branded Goods We are a team of swag experts and branding fanatics who are well-caffeinated and eager to come alongside your team to deliver quality logo’d products. Saddle Creek Corporation Saddle Creek is an asset-based third-party logistics provider based in Lakeland, Florida. We specialize in designing and delivering omnichannel logistics solutions for manufacturers, retailers and ecommerce companies. United Way of Central Florida + Reading Pals ReadingPals is a statewide early literacy initiative that provides volunteer mentors for students from Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) to 3rd grade who may need extra help, utilizing one-on-one or small group settings. Our Nonprofit Partners Several community minded organizations are leading the way in the LIFT Mentoring initiative, providing employees with volunteer mentor opportunities during work hours to create positive change. Become A Partner Big Brothers & Big Sisters Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is a 501 non-profit organization whose mission is to “create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth”. Police Athletic League The goal of Lakeland Police Athletic League (PAL) is to provide enriching programs for the youth of the community that are FUN and will INSPIRE them to learn and practice the values of sportsmanship, scholarship, and physical fitness. Polk Vision We are a community-led partnership of organizations, businesses, government and individuals acting collectively to ensure implementation of Polk County’s community vision. Polk Education Foundation The Polk Education Foundation was created in 1988, as a 501(C)(3) direct-support organization for the Polk County School Board. The Foundation serves as the fiscal agent and manager of many educational programs for Polk County Public Schools. We serve to enhance educational programs for students with private and corporate funds. Mi Escuela Montessori Mi Escuela Montessori is a tuition-free, public charter school in Polk County, Florida. Mi Escuela Montessori fuses two well-researched and innovative approaches to education: the educational program developed by Dr. Maria Montessori and the two-way, dual-language immersion program advocated by most language learning experts.