Volunteer Mentor Program

Be a mentor! Call for details about the next volunteer orientation.

The goal of the mentoring program is simple – to develop positive one-on-one relationships between mentors and children.

The mentoring program matches children from eight to fourteen years of age with responsible adult volunteers.  Volunteers are screened and trained to serve as constructive role models and consistent friends.  Volunteer mentors and children agree to spend at least two hours a week for twelve months together engaging in activities of mutual interest such as hiking, cooking, or playing basketball.

Children from all over Orange County are referred to the mentoring program by many different people for many different reasons.  Juvenile court counselors, school staff, mental health professionals, and parents all may refer children who could benefit from the time and attention of a caring adult.

To volunteer as a mentor:

  • Complete a Mentor Application (PDF) or Mentor Application (Fillable PDF) with four references
  • Attend a three hour training session
  • Undergo an interview and a background check
  • Spend two hours a week for a full year with the youth
  • Be in contact with the program coordinator on a regular basis
  • Complete Monthly Report Forms (PDF) and return to program coordinator

To refer a child to the mentoring program:

  • Fill out a Referral Form (PDF) and fax or mail it to our office. A program coordinator will contact you once Volunteers for Youth receives the referral.

To learn more about the SMART Mentoring Program for UNC students, click here

For more information please contact the program coordinator:
Susan Worley: susan@volunteersforyouth.org