Become a Mentor

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What Does It Take?

Dependability, patience, flexibility, and most of all, a commitment to a young person’s success. Our mentors come from all walks of life: they are single and married, just starting their careers and retired from years of service, and diverse in ethnicity, beliefs, and lifestyles. And they all love to learn, grow, and have fun!

What's the time commitment?

Most mentors start in the fall and commit to the community for one school year. CfY also admits a few new mentors and students halfway through the school year, with the expectation that those mentors will finish out the school year, and return in the fall if their student is interested in continuing the program.

To ensure success for our students and the program as a whole, mentors must honor this time commitment. Many of our students have been chronically neglected by adults, so it’s imperative that mentors keep their commitment to their students.

How does the program work, week-to-week?

Mentors choose to participate in one of two Learning Teams, which meet weekly on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Initial Learning Team meetings are mentors-only, and are dedicated to training, team-building, and setting expectations. After these training sessions, and following the late-autumn weekend launch retreat with students at a local campground, Learning Team meetings are opened to students.

Additionally, CfY mentors attend monthly mentor training sessions, where they gain support from their fellow mentors and learn new skills.

How Do I Get Started?

You’ll start with a 2- to 3-hour Mentor Information session, where we will explain the program and expectations, and go over next steps for becoming a mentor. You are also welcome to attend one of our current workshop sessions! Download the Mentor Application form and mail it to

Not sure mentoring is for you? We have various volunteer opportunities available! Contact us at to find out more.