Mentor for Youth
Mentoring provides that wonderful feeling you get when you help someone and make a difference in their life. In 20 years, she may not know everything you did, but she will remember how you made her feel. See two inspiring videos here!
Who is a Mentor?
A Bright Futures for Youth mentor is an adult who provides friendship, guidance and encouragement. Caring, compassionate adults who enjoy offering support to pre-teens and teenage youth and are interested in devoting time to help these youth. As a mentor, you join a circle of adult volunteers and staff who are dedicated to our mission and vision.
Mission: To ignite the potential of youth today for vibrant communities tomorrow
Vision: Every young person has hope, opportunity and the capacity to succeed
Why become a Mentor?
Our success rate at Bright Futures for Youth is a result of a comprehensive, year-round program aimed at helping empower youth, so they thrive as adults. A key proven success factor is the role of the mentor. Having someone who is not a family member or a teacher who invests their time means a great deal to a young person and may allow them to benefit in a multitude of ways:
- Improved Self-Esteem
- Stay in School
- Less Involved in Risky Behavior
- Relate Better and Communicate Effectively
- Set Career Goals and Take Action
- Learn That They Matter
How to mentor during COVID?
Now, more than ever, young people are in need of adult friendship connections. Many children are feeling isolated and alone as they learn from home and are unable to connect with their friends in person. Bright Futures for Youth mentors are trained in COVID protocols that guide in person 1:1 meetings, typically outdoors. For those mentors who choose to drive their youth, COVID driving protocols are followed to keep both mentor and youth safe. Of course, a mentor and their youth also have the option of maintaining their relationship in a virtual format as well.
The Bright Futures for Youth Mentor Program is currently year-round. All mentors are interviewed, screened and trained at the direction of the Community Engagement Manager, Cindy Hintz.
The screening and background check include the following:
- submit to a criminal background check
- submit to social security number verification
- submit a copy of current driver's license
- submit proof of automobile insurance in the form of a copy of current declarations page
- submit to a motor vehicle report check
- sign a non-disclosure agreement
- Enjoy working with pre-teen and/or teenage youth
- Flexible - able to cope with last minute changes in plans or difficulties in reaching a youth to set up a time to meet
- Tolerant - able to cope with last minute changes in plans
- Patience and perseverance
- Willingness to work collaboratively with the Bright Futures for Youth staff
- Mentors and youth spend approximately 18-24 hours of 1:1 time over a 4 month period of time
- Mentors and youth set up their own mutually agreed upon meeting schedule, depending on availability of each party and how they choose to spend their time
- You may spend more time together, if you desire
- At the end of 4 months, both mentor and youth are surveyed about the quality of the program and experience; it is determined at that time if both parties choose to move into a longer term mentor relationship
EXPRESS INTEREST in this opportunity and we'll be in touch!
Age Minimum (with Adult): 25+, Minimum Age:25+
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