BECOME A MENTOR

Mentors in the Movement of Youth Program help to empower children and youth to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential. The mentoring program uses college student volunteers to commit to support, guidance, and friendship to a young person. By becoming part of the social network of young adults and community members who care about the youth, the mentor can help the youth develop and reach positive academic, career, and personal goals.

MENTORS AT MOVEMENT OF YOUTH DO THE FOLLOWING

  • Support a young person through an ongoing relationship
  • Serve as a positive role model and friend
  • Build the relationship by planning and participating in activities together
  • Strive for mutual respect
  • Build self-esteem and motivation
  • Help set goals and work toward accomplishing them
  • Have fun together

TIME COMMITMENT

  • Be willing and able to make a minimum one-year commitment to mentoring
  • Be willing and able to meet with mentees a minimum of 6 to 8 hours per month, throughout each month
  • Attend an initial three-hour training session and additional two-hour training sessions twice during each year of participation in the program
  • Attend mentor/mentee group events, mentor support groups, and program recognition events as available

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Be enrolled in a college currently partnered with Movement of Youth 
  • Be interested in working with young people
  • Be willing to adhere to all program policies and procedures
  • Be willing to complete the application and screening process
  • Be dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments
  • Attend mentor training sessions as prescribed
  • Be willing to communicate regularly with program staff and take constructive feedback regarding mentoring activities and relationship
  • Be able to pass a criminal background check

As a Movement of Youth Mentor, you will collaborate with parents and mentors from multiple universities to contribute to the maturation, progress, and goal achievement of a young person. Beyond the personal fulfillment of making a contribution to the community and an individual, mentors receive a number of benefits including ongoing professional development, participation in a mentor support group, complimentary tickets to community events, participant recognition events, and academic course credit (where applicable).

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