Become a Mentor

We welcome community members to act as positive adult role models
and provide guidance to youth when it comes to school, careers and life.

F.A.C.E.S. Mentoring Program, provides a mentor to youth aged 12 to 21. The mentor acts as a role model to talk to and share the experience of growing up. Through regular outings, a strong relationship built on trust and common interests is developed between the mentor and the mentee.

Throughout the relationship, both mentor and mentee are supported by experienced Mentoring Coordinators. The experience allows both mentor and child to experience a relationship that will likely change both their lives.

Why

This is the chance to be the mentor you've always wanted or the one you were lucky enough to have.

Where

When matched with a youth, you'll meet at a time and place that works for you both.

Who

If you have the expertise and time to connect with youth, we invite you to apply to be a mentor.

When

Mentors are asked to commit to twice a month for a minimum of one year to ensure consistency and stability in the program.

Few bonds in life are more influential than those between a young person and an adult. At its most basic level, mentoring helps because it guarantees a young person that there is someone who cares about them. A child is not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges. But, mentoring doesn’t just affect the young person. Mentoring is a shared opportunity for learning and growth.

What Makes a Good Mentor

Before becoming a mentor, here are a few things to understand about the role of mentoring. Most of us have had a teacher, supervisor, or coach who has been a mentor to us and made a positive difference in our lives. Those people wore many hats, acting as delegates, role models, cheerleaders, policy enforcers, advocates, and friends. Mentors assume these different roles during the course of a relationship, and share some basic qualities:

  • A sincere desire to be involved with a young person
  • Respect for young people
  • Active listening skills
  • Empathy
  • Ability to see solutions and opportunities
  • Flexibility

Benefits

Mentoring relationships are a shared opportunity for learning and growth. Many mentors say that the rewards they gain are as substantial as those for their mentees, and that mentoring has enabled them to:

  • Have fun
  • Achieve personal growth and learn more about themselves
  • Improve their self-esteem and feel they are making a difference
  • Gain a better understanding of other cultures and develop a greater appreciation for diversity
  • Feel more productive and have a better attitude at work
  • Enhance their relationships with their own children

Above all, a good mentor is willing to take the time to get to know their mentee, to learn new things that are important to the young person, and even to be changed by their relationship.

Programs Objectives

  • Provide boys and girls with a role model and a friend.
  • Help youths realize the importance of staying in school and build healthy relationships with their family and their peers. Help inspire self-confidence and trust in others so the child learns to make good decisions.
  • Encourage leadership and independent thinking.
  • Make a difference in the life of a child while having fun.

How to apply

We carefully screen every applicant and pair successful candidates with youth based on compatibility and need. If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, please fill out our volunteer form.