We deeply believe in youth agency, so instead of staff members pairing mentors with youth, we let the youth choose their mentors through a blind application process. Please keep this in mind when filling out this mentor application - youth will be reading it, so write your application with them in mind. If you are not paired with a youth right away, we will email you with further opportunities to support with coordinating the Y.E.S. workshops.
MENTOR EXPECTATIONS:All mentors must be over the age of 24 (25 years+). All mentors must undergo a criminal background check or hold a fingerprint clearance card. Mentors must apply to be a general volunteer before submitting this mentor application. To apply to become a volunteer, please visit bit.ly/onentenvolunteer.
We are in the process of restructuring our mentor program - by signing up to be a mentor, you are expected to be able to commit to meeting weekly with a youth. Meetings must be held in a public, lighted place (i.e. coffee shops, public libraries, parks, cafe's, etc). Mentors will be asked to fill out a short mentor log, documenting the times and focuses of their mentor/mentee meetings.
These early days of mentoring will focus much more on building an authentic relationship with a youth. You will receive additional guidance and training from staff and other volunteer mentors throughout your mentoring experience. We ask our mentors for a one year commitment, staying in contact with and supportive of their paired youth as the relationship permits.