Organization Policies

Mentor Role

• 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 activities together during the school hours

Strive for mutual respect

Build self-esteem and motivation

Help set goals and work toward accomplishing them

Time Commitment

• Make a one-year commitment

• Spend a minimum of two hours per month one-to-one with a mentee

• Communicate with the mentee weekly

• Attend an initial two-hour training session and additional enhanced mentor training options as offered

• Attend optional mentor/mentee group events, mentor support groups, and program recognition events

Participation Requirements

• Be at least 18 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

• Be dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments

• Attend mentor training sessions as prescribed

• Have a willingness to communicate regularly with program staff and school staff as needed

• Have access to reliable transportation

• Have a clean national background check history and pass national sex offender registry

● Have never been accused, arrested, charged, or convicted of child abuse or molestation

Not be a convicted felon. If the applicant has been convicted of a felony, then they might be considered only after a period of seven years with demonstrated good behavior and an appropriate and corrective attitude regarding past behaviors.

• No use of illicit drugs

• No use of alcohol or controlled substances in an inappropriate manner

• Not currently in treatment for substance abuse and have a non-addictive period of at least

   five years

Not hospitalized for a mental disorder in the past three years or in treatment for a mental disorder that would prevent you from being able to regularly meet with your student.

*Not have falsified information during the screening process

*Not have innapropriate content on your social media sites.

Desirable Qualities

• Willing listener

• Encouraging and supportive

• Patient and flexible

• Tolerant and respectful of individual differences

Benefits

• Personal fulfillment through contribution to the community and individuals

• Satisfaction in helping someone mature, progress, and achieve goals

• Continued learning, networking with mentors, mentor/mentee events

• Personal ongoing support, supervision to help the match succeed

Application and Screening Process

• Written application & provision of valid ID

• Criminal history check: national criminal and national sexual offender registry

• Provide two personal references

• Attend the new mentor training session (approximately 1 ½ hours)

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