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?

The program runs throughout the school year from late September to mid-June.  Participants dedicate 2-3 hours each week to Community for Youth activities.  *Limited openings are available for a mid-year group which runs from January to mid-June.

To ensure success for our students and the program as a whole, mentors must honor this time commitment.  Consistency is one of the greatest gifts you can offer your student and the community.

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

At the start of the year, mentors are assigned to groups.  These groups meet weekly on either Tuesdays or Thursdays and remain together for the duration of the year. Weekly activities rotate between a one-on-one activity with your student, a small group activity, a Mentor Only Workshop and a Student-Mentor Workshop.

How Do I Get Started?

Below are the steps to becoming a mentor:

  1. Submit a mentor application online here or download the paper application and email the completed forms to hayley@communityforyouth.org
  2. A CfY staff member will contact you to schedule a phone interview. During this call you will have the opportunity to ask any additional questions you may have about the program.
  3. If we determine you are a fit for our program, you will complete a comprehensive background check.
  4. Participants start the year with four mentor training sessions in September before being matched with a student.

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