Community Mentor Program

Creating Connections

Mentor Role
  • Be a champion for an at-risk youth through an ongoing, one-to-one relationship and in small groups
  • Serve as a positive role model and friend
  • Build a healthy relationship by planning and participating in activities together
  • Strive for mutual respect
  • Assist youth in building authentic self-esteem and motivation
  • Help set goals and work toward accomplishing them
  • Teach youth healthy and safe ways to have fun
Time Commitment
  • Be willing and able to make a commitment to mentoring (six months or more)
  • Be willing and able to meet with your mentee a minimum of six (6) to eight (8) hours per month, throughout the month
  • Communicate with your mentee between face-to-face visits (e.g., telephone, US mail)
  • Attend an orientation and initial mentor training session, along with additional trauma-informed training sessions twice during each year of participation in the program
  • Attend mentor/mentee group events, mentor support groups, and program recognition events as available
Participation Requirements
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Be interested in working with young people
  • Be willing to adhere to all program policies and procedures
  • Be willing to complete the application and screening process, including a background check and abuse and neglect background check
  • Be dependable and consistent in meeting specified time commitments
  • Attend mentor training sessions as prescribed
  • Be willing to communicate regularly with program staff, submit brief activity reports (by the 3rd of the month), and receive constructive feedback regarding mentoring activities and relationship(s)
  • Have access to an automobile, auto insurance, and a good driving record
  • Be able to pass a criminal background check
  • Not use illicit drugs
  • Not use alcohol or controlled substances in an inappropriate manner
  • Not be currently in treatment for substance abuse or recently discharged from treatment program
  • Not smoke or use tobacco products during mentoring activities
Desirable Qualities
  • Willing and active listener
  • Encouraging and supportive
  • Patient and flexible
  • Tolerant and respectful of individual differences
  • Empathetic.
Benefits
  • Personal fulfillment through contribution to the community and individual youth
  • Satisfaction in helping someone mature, progress and achieve goals
  • Training sessions and group activities
  • Participation in a mentor support group
  • Mileage and expenses are tax-deductible
  • Ongoing support and supervision to maintain successful mentoring relationship and activities
  • Mentee/mentor group activities and recognition events
Application and Screening Process
  • Written application
  • Driving record check
  • Criminal history check, state child abuse and neglect registry, sexual offender registry
  • Face-to-face interview
  • Provide three personal references
  • Attend initial mentor training
  • Attend a minimum of two (2) on-going trainings per year