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Types of Mentoring I

Traditional mentoring typically involves one adult and one young person. Group mentoring involves one adult and up to four young people.

Types of Mentoring II

Team mentoring involves several adults working with small groups of young people in which the adult-to-youth ratio is not greater than 1:4.

Types of Mentoring III

Peer mentoring involves a youth mentoring another youth.

Types of Mentoring IV

E-mentoring involves mentoring via email, social media, or other forms of internet communication such as video conferencing.

About Next Level Focus Mentoring

Next Level Focus Mentoring is a non-profit Youth Mentoring Agency. We are licensed through The Texas Office of Regulatory Services. We offer community participation within the Metropolitan area of Dallas Fort Worth. We're also committed to preventing teens from joining street gangs and to mentor them to become productive citizens within the community.

Our innovative program features recommendations to the proper legal agency only after we have closely monitored and have made the proper assessment of your child. We will create a partnership with an agency that provides clinical services if needed.

Our great track record, within the local youth in Dallas Fort Worth area, has proven success as we have mentored youth in every gender equality, race, and religion. We offer a number of different types of mentoring:

● Traditional mentoring typically involves one adult and one young person. Group mentoring involves one adult and up to four young people.

● Team mentoring involves several adults working with small groups of young people in which the adult-to-youth ratio is not greater than 1:4.

● Peer mentoring involves a youth mentoring another youth.

● E-mentoring involves mentoring via email, social media, or other forms of internet communication such as video conferencing.

For a complete analysis of any situation you may have going on with your child, as we are Certified as Professional Life Coaches, please don't hesitate to call us, Next Level Focus Mentoring, so that we can "mentor your mind through a different lens."

Our Services

  • Non-school hours, weekend, and summer programs.
  • Street Gang prevention and intervention.
  • Spiritual counseling.


  • Sports, recreation, and other activities promoting physical fitness and teamwork.
  • Character development and ethical enrichment activities.
  • Family and group mentoring.

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Understanding the youth mindset

Youth with a growth mindset understand that intelligence can be developed. These students focus on learning over just looking smart, see effort as the key to success, and thrive in the face of a challenge.


Youth with a fixed mindset believe that people are born with a certain amount of intelligence, and they can’t do much to change that. These students focus on looking smart over learning, see effort as a sign of low ability, and wilt in the face of a challenge.

Youth with a growth mindset do better in school and other areas of life that require perseverance, self-reflection, and good decision making.

Here at NLFM, we focus on showing the youth how to use their growth mindset!

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Next Level Focus Mentoring is a non-profit Youth Mentoring Agency. We are licensed through The Texas Office of Regulatory Services. Our program was started in 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas by Mr. Sherrod Ellis.

Program Plan and Description



Core Principles and Purpose
* Community Participation
* Keeping teens from street gangs
* Accurately assessing children for mentorship
* Provide positive life changing services to children and their families.

Innovative Program Features
* After close monitoring and assessing a child/children NLFM will make recommendations to the legal agency as it relates to the appropriate placement of a child/children, if needed

* Placing teen mothers in the home with their children.
* Work with teens to empower them with strong life planning skills

Unique Program Features
* Comprehensive services
* Community-based
* Strong assessment skills as it relates to your children’s behavior in an effort to meet any deficiencies possible.
* Partnership with an agency that provides clinical services, if needed.

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Our Mentoring Team

Equipped with a team of mentors, below are 2 of our most prominent, Our Executive Director and our Spiritual Counselor.

Mr. Sherrod Ellis MA, MS, BA,

Executive Director

Master Level Educator/Mentor/Therapist - Speciality; battling emotional setbacks.

Sherrod Ellis is a Master Level Educator/Mentor/Therapist and is praised for consistently demonstrating compassion as he works with clients who experience and battle with emotional setbacks. His 15 years of involvement in psychological wellness incorporates work at Mesa Springs Behavioral Treatment Center, Sundance Behavioral Health Care, and John Peter Smith Hospital, as a Behavioral Mental Health Technician and a Sober Living Therapist.

Mr. Ellis has given comparative administrations at state level methadone facilities. Since study demonstrates that drugs, alcohol, violence, truancy, and legal complications typically stem from unresolved emotional issues that have manifested, Mr. Ellis utilizes his innovative experience and evidence-based psychological services for mental disorders to help clients resolve emotional setbacks through one-on-one and group sessions.

Mr. Ellis’ methods, when applied, have proven equal success across all age groups consisting of the following:
Youth (12-17), Young Adults (18-25), and Adults (26-older).  He, as of now, holds the accompanying degrees:

* Master of Arts Degree in Counseling
* Master of Science in Psychology
* Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Pastor Reginald Blanchard

Spiritual Counselor

Certified Pastor & Christian Counselor -  Specialty:  Christian Bible Teaching & Counseling.

Pastor Blanchard has certificates and degrees for the following: Continuing Ministry, Leaders Connection, Church Ministry, Bible Ministry, Christian Leaders, Christian Counseling, and Christian Bible Teaching.

Pastor Blanchard was accomplishments are as follows: Nominated Best Holy Hip Hop Artist 2006 by "The Gospel Choice Awards." Nominated Best Holy Hip Hop Artist 2007 by "The Youth Gospel Entertainment Awards." "This is 4 The Streets" voted Best Song of The Year 2007 by "The Gospel Choice Awards." 2009 Inferno Urban Music Award Winner for Song Writer of The Year. 2009 Honorable mention ISSA Christian Song writing Contest - Billboard Magazine. 2010 Grammy Nominated for Best Christian Rap Artist. 2011 Inferno Urban Music Award Winner for Man of Valor Award.

He began his ministry by ministering to the youth at The Dekalb County Youth Detention Center in Decatur, Georgia. Blanchard was a Youth and Assistant Pastor at Adullam Bible fellowship (non-denominational) located in Lithonia, Georgia but now he ministers at churches and events nationwide to empower and strengthen the youth, as well as teaching youth bible study, at various churches and various functions. In the past Pastor Blanchard has performed, as a rapper, for the National Beauticians Association’s hair shows, many Universities in various cities, and was the headliner for the St. Louis Rams Charity Benefit in 2000. In 2002, he performed at The Atlanta Black Music Convention for music attorney Roy Miller, was a guest host of Off The Top Radio Show (WGBB AM 1240 – New York), and has 13 years experience as a radio D.J. and sound engineer (Z-100 radio –St. Louis, MO and KJLU – Jefferson City, MO). He has released 5 albums.


HOW DOES GROUP COUNSELING WORK?
While the negative portrayal of group therapy may suggest otherwise, it is actually a very positive experience for most people because the therapists and group members are able to build a safe place to explore the problems surrounding their relationships. Through the sharing process, members can develop a level of trust that allows them to be honest, open with one another, and accepting towards each other despite any faults. Group counseling usually is effective because members behave in ways that reflect how they are outside of the group and other members can support the individual through changing these unproductive patterns through feedback.

Group counseling is also helpful for providing the opportunity to practice alternative ways of interacting with others who are caring and encouraging of their journey. WHAT HAPPENS DURING A TYPICAL GROUP SESSION? Before attending the group session, trained professional counselors meet with their clients to conduct a pre-group evaluation and gather information about the types of problems they are experiencing. If both parties decide that group counseling is a good match, the clinician provides the information about the time, date, and location of the sessions. While group therapy varies greatly depending on the type of group, members will typically meet with the counseling facilitator in a private room and sit in a circle for optimal sharing. Some may have an overarching theme geared toward a specific concern like substance abuse or eating disorders, but others may be general therapy groups that are open to anyone. Within an atmosphere of trust, the group counseling sessions typically involve members speaking openly about their feelings and talking directly to one another about their personal problems.

Although no one will ever be forced to divulge their deepest secrets, counselors expect group members to feel free to relate openly and be honest with others to discover that they are not alone in their issues. Along with allowing members to observe one another for emotional growth, counselors also will model healthy behaviors to develop more effective problem-solving skills. Most groups meet for around one to two hours once a week for a predetermined number of weeks with the same members for optimal consistency. Overall, individuals decide to join group therapy because they are having some struggles with their relationships and are seeking help with concerns in their interpersonal life.

Group counseling sessions are usually the most effective method for addressing various interpersonal issues, including loneliness, shyness, excessive dependence, frequent arguments, difficulty trusting others, discomfort in social situations, and lack of intimacy. Since therapy groups often involve four to ten clients with one or two experienced professional counselors, group counseling sessions offer the opportunity to address these issues, provide support or feedback, and encourage interpersonal interaction.

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