Family Services - Youth Behavioral Health & Adult Disabilities - Gallagher & Villa programs

Behavioral Health - Working with Youth - Therapeutic Mentoring

NOTE: This volunteer role requires an application and background screening. Please contact Lauren Porter, Mentor Program Coordinator, about the process if you are interested in signing up:, 667-600-3054.

Therapeutic Mentoring

A volunteer Therapeutic Mentor is a special visitor, a positive role model and a consistent person in a child's life. Mentors provide structured, one-to-one, strength-based relationships for youth, ages 9 to 17, who have been referred by their therapists to be in the Therapeutic Mentoring Program. Mentors may choose between school-based, residential, or community-based mentoring with matches available in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, and Harford Counties. Mentors make at least a one-year commitment, visit their assigned child once a week, and receive special training prior to the match.  Ongoing support, resources, additional training and guidance by staff are provided throughout the match. Together, mentors and mentees learn new things and have fun!! You can easily start the process to become a mentor by completing an application in our Volunteer and Intern Hub.

Qualifications Required

  • Auto insurance declaration page Must be State minimums verified
  • Child Protective Services check Must be at least Clear
  • Driving record check Must be Clear (<3 points)
  • Interview Must be Interview complete
  • Policy forms Must be at least Completed
  • Pre-Service Training (2 hr. training) Must be at least Completed PST
  • Reference check Must be at least 2 clear
  • Sterling Volunteers Criminal Background Check Must be at least Clear
  • Tuberculosis risk screening Must be at least Questionnaire cleared by Director of Nursing

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Monday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Tuesday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Wednesday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Thursday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Friday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Saturday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Sunday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening