Mentor a Child - FAQ
There is no cost to be a mentor. Most mentors do spend money on outings to purchase lunch, ice cream, admission, etc.; however, you can choose to do activities that are free such as going to the beach or park.
Mentors and mentees are matched based upon gender, geographical location, and common interests.
The process to become a mentor can take as little as a few weeks, up to a few months. This primarily depends on how quickly you move through the application and training process.
The length of the matching process varies with each case. Some matches are completed with in a few weeks, but some take longer.
Our minimum time requirement is 1 hour a week for 3 months. If the relationship is healthy and positive, you are more than welcome to exceed those requirements.
Couples are welcome to mentor together. As a couple, you can choose to mentor an individual child or a sibling group.
After you have worked with your mentee for a minimum of 3 months, you can apply for home visit approval. For home visit approval, everyone living in your home (including children) must submit to and pass background checks, and a case manager will have to complete a safety check on your home.
Yes! You will still have to complete all mentor requirements and training, but the matching process will be expediated. You may only work with a child of the same gender, unless you are mentoring with an opposite-gender partner.