Adult volunteers to commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person for a period of at least six months. By becoming part of the social network of adults and community members who care about the youth, the mentor can help youth develop and reach positive academic, career, and personal goals.

Role of the Mentor

  • Take the lead in supporting a young person through an ongoing, one-to-one relationship.
  • Serve as a positive role model and friend.
  • Build the relationship by planning and participating in group activities with other mentor-mentee pairs.
  • Strive for mutual respect.
  • Build self-esteem and motivation.
  • Help set goals and work toward accomplishing them.

Time Commitment

  • Make a six-month commitment
  • Meet with their youth mentee at least 3 times per month
  • Communicate with the volunteer coordinator, case manager, and program staff regularly (at least bi-weekly).
  • Attend an initial in-person training session
  • Attend optional mentor/mentee group events, mentor support groups, and program recognition events.

Participation Requirements

  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Have no history of child abuse or neglect.
  • Be interested in working with young people.
  • Be willing to adhere to all program policies and procedures.
  • Be willing to complete the application, background check, and fingerprint process.
  • Be dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments.
  • Attend mentor training session.
  • Be willing to communicate regularly with program staff, submit volunteer time log, and take constructive feedback.


Desirable Qualities

  • Willing listener
  • Encouraging and supportive
  • Patient and flexible
  • Tolerant and respectful of individual differences

Benefits to Mentor

  • Personal fulfillment through contribution to community and individual
  • Satisfaction in helping someone mature, progress, and achieve goals
  • Deeper understanding of teen and societal problems
  • Improved interpersonal skills
  • Builds morale at work, develops management skills, and enhances the image of local companies
  • Training session and group activities
  • Participation in a mentor support group
  • Personal ongoing support, supervision to help the match succeed
  • Mentee/mentor group activities
  • Benefits to Mentor’s Organization

  • Builds employee morale, thereby improving company morale
  • Develops the same skills needed for successful and effective company managers
  • Enhances the image of the company
  • Recognizes the competence of employees
  • Prepares employees to take on greater responsibilities in the company
  • Helps the company revitalize the community
  • Assists in the development of a competent future workforce
  • Application and Screening Process

  • Online application
  • Background check and fingerprinting
  • Personal interview
  • Provide three personal references
  • Attend initial mentor training