Become a Mentor

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What Does It Take?

Cfy’s program is designed to step past traditional mentoring practices and offer a Critical Mentoring experience that centers the young person. CfY centers youth as collaborators because they deserve to have their voice heard, their value is seen and respected, and their leadership activated.

We ask mentors to see youth not as broken or deficient, but as dedicated, committed, and powerful. CfY asks mentors to be opportunity brokers, collaborators, listeners, and supporters of our students. We are ardent supporters who meet our students where they are and join them on their journey of transformation. This partnering leads to transformation in our students, mentors, community, and beyond.

What is the Time Commitment?

CfY’s program runs throughout the school year from late September to mid-June. Participants dedicate 2-3 hours each week to Community for Youth activities.

To ensure success for our students and the program as a whole, mentors must honor this time commitment.

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

CfY program follows the Academic Year (October – June). At the start of the year, mentors are assigned to Learning Communities, one that meets on Tuesdays, and one that meets on Thursdays. These Learning Communities remain together for the duration of the year. Weekly activities rotate between a one-on-one activity with your student, a small group activity (Family Groups), a mentor-only workshop, and a student-mentor workshop.

Mentor Eligibility Requirements

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Reside in the Seattle metropolitan area
  • Be willing to adhere to all Community for Youth Mentoring Program policies and procedures and follow the CfY Code of Conduct
  • Agree to a one-year commitment to the program
  • Commit to spending a minimum of 3 hours a week with the mentee
  • Be willing to communicate with the mentee weekly
  • Complete the screening procedure
  • Agree to attend mentor trainings as required
  • Be willing to communicate regularly with the program liaison and submit monthly meeting and activity information
  • Have access to an automobile or reliable transportation
  • Have a current driver’s license, auto insurance, and good driving record
  • Have a clean criminal history
  • Have never been accused, arrested, charged, or convicted of child abuse or molestation
  • Not use illicit drugs
  • Not use alcohol or controlled substances in an excessive or inappropriate manner
  • Not be currently in treatment for substance abuse. If a substance abuse problem has occurred in the past the applicant must have completed a non-addictive period of at least five years
  • Not have falsified information during the course of the screening process

How Do I Get Started?

Below are the steps to becoming a mentor:

  1. Apply here: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4446908/Mentor-Volunteer-Application
  2. A CfY staff member will contact you to schedule a phone interview
  3. If you are moved to the next step, we will hold an in-person interview with you
  4. if we determine you are a good fit for our program, you will complete a comprehensive background check
  5. Participants start the year with for mentor training sessions in September before being matched with a student