Volunteer

Mentor Role

  • Take the lead in supporting a young person through an ongoing, one-on-one 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

Time Commitment

  • Make a one-year commitment
  • Spend a minimum of eight hours per month one-to-one with a mentee
  • Communicate with the mentee weekly
  • Attend an initial two-hour training session and additional two-hour training sessions twice during each year of participation in the program
  • Attend optional mentor/mentee group events, mentor support groups, and program recognition events

Participation Requirements

  • Be at least 21 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 and attend mentor training sessions as prescribed
  • Be willing to communicate regularly with program staff, submit activity information, and take constructive feedback regarding mentoring activities.

State Requirements and Clearances

All Volunteers Need the Follow Clearances and Certifications

Child Abuse Clearance

https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS

Our service provides a means for individuals to apply for PA Child Abuse History Clearance online and for mandated reporters to report child abuse in Pennsylvania.

 

Criminal Check

Philadelphia Access to Criminal History

https://epatch.state.pa.us/

 

Reporting Child Abuse: Mandated and Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania Online Training Course

Certification 3 hour course    

https://www.reportabusepa.pitt.edu/