The Role & Requirements of A Mentor

“There is nothing that you can do with a few hours of your time each month that will have a more profound influence on the direction of a child’s life than Mentoring” – Mike Johnson, CEO of COTS (Committee On The Shelterless)

The Mentor Role
  • 95% of the job is showing up!
  • Take the lead in supporting a young person through the consistency of an ongoing, one-to-one relationship
  • Serve as a positive role model and friend
  • Build the relationship by planning and participating in activities together
  • Strive for mutual respect and good communication
  • Build self-esteem and motivation in the mentee
  • Help set goals and work toward accomplishing them
Time Commitment
  • Make a two-year commitment (with option to be flexible!)
  • Spend a minimum of one hour per week one-to-one with a mentee, during the school year
  • Attend the New Mentor Training session and at least two additional ongoing training activities (Mentor Roundtables, Forums, Continuing Mentor Education Opportunities. etc.) per year during each year of participation in the program
Participation Requirements
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • 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, submit activity information, and take constructive feedback regarding mentoring activities
  • Be willing to complete an annual program survey