Community Partnership for Children’s volunteer mentor program serves “at-risk” teens in out-of-home care in Volusia, Flagler, and Putnam counties. Through the program, teens are matched up with a supportive volunteer mentor. Mentors serve as trusted friends and advisors for their mentees, and assist them with a wide variety of pursuits including goal setting, academics, and personal development. As beneficial as mentoring is, you may be wondering, “why should I volunteer as a mentor?”
Mentors take their mentees out into the community to do a variety of fun activities. Some of the most common outings include beach days, bike riding, and bowling. Relationships develop best when you are comfortable and having fun; mentors are strongly encouraged to include these kinds of activities in their visits!
No Experience or Education Needed!
A mentor’s main goals are to serve as a listening ear, an enthusiastic supporter, and an advisor to their mentee. Experience working with teens / children in out-of-home care can be helpful, but is not required in order for you to be a successful mentor. If you can compassionately listen to someone, cheer them on when they need encouragement, and provide advice when they feel confused or frustrated, you can be a successful mentor!
It Makes a Long-Term Difference!
Mentoring may be something you do for a few months, or a few years, but it can make a lifelong difference for a child in need! Research shows that “at-risk” children who have mentors are 46% less likely to begin drug and alcohol use, 55% more likely to enroll in college, and 130% more likely to hold leadership positions in the future. One positive mentor can change a child’s entire life for the better!
It’s Never Too Late to Get Involved!
All CPC mentors must be over the age of 21, but there is no such thing as “too old” to mentor. Many mentors are empty nesters or retirees looking to make a difference in their community. In addition, older mentors have a wealth of wisdom and experience to draw upon when giving advice to their mentees. Don’t ever tell yourself that it is too late to get started!
What are the Requirements?
To learn about mentor requirements, click here!
What if I Still Have Questions?
For FAQ, click here!
I’m Interested! How Do I Get Started?
Click here to fill out a mentor screening questionnaire. Program staff will receive your answers, and get in touch with you ASAP to begin the process.