Become a Mentor!
We are recruiting mentors for the 2021-22 school year!
Update: Community for Youth is following Gov. Jay Inslee’s order and requiring our Mentors to be vaccinated before 10/18/2021 to be eligible for our program.
Ready to Apply?
Learn more about becoming a mentor in the sections below and contact our Program Manager at PM@communityforyouth.org with any questions.
What Does it Take?
CfY’s program is designed to step past traditional mentoring practices and offer a Critical Mentoring experience that centers the young person. CfY centers youth as collaborators because they deserve to have their voice heard, their value is seen and respected, and their leadership activated.
We ask mentors to see youth not as broken or deficient, but as dedicated, committed, and powerful. CfY asks mentors to be opportunity brokers, collaborators, listeners, and supporters of our students. We are youth advocates who meet our students where they are and inspire them as they navigate their journey of transformation. This partnering leads to transformation in our students, mentors, and community.
Meet Presley, a new mentor with CfY with year!
Harsh has been a mentor with CfY for several years!
What is the Time Commitment?
CfY’s program runs throughout the school year from late September to mid-June. Participants dedicate 2-3 hours each week to Community for Youth activities.
To ensure success for our students and the program as a whole, mentors must honor this time commitment and be flexible.
How Does the Program Work, Week-to-Week?
CfY program follows the Academic Year (October – June). At the start of the year, mentors are assigned to Learning Communities: one that meets on Tuesdays & one that meets on Wednesdays. These Learning Communities remain together for the duration of the year. Weekly activities rotate between a one-on-one activity with your student, a small group activity (Family Groups), a mentor-only workshop, and a student-mentor workshop.
*As we navigate unfamiliar territory with the Covid-19 Pandemic, we may utilize digital platforms to continue meeting our students’ needs.
Mentor Eligibility Requirements
- Be at least 21 years of age.
- Reside in the greater Puget Sound area.
- Be willing to adhere to all Community for Youth Mentoring Program policies and procedures and follow the CfY Code of Conduct.
- Agree to a full academic year commitment to the program. (September through June)
- Commit to spending quality and intentional time with your mentee in a consistent manner.
- Complete the screening procedure.
- Agree to attend all of CfY Activities. (Any schedule conflicts can be worked out with the team!)
- Be willing to communicate regularly with the Match Support Specialist and submit monthly meeting and activity information.
- Have access to an automobile or reliable transportation.
- Have a current driver’s license, auto insurance, and good driving record.
- Have never been accused, arrested, charged, or convicted of child abuse or molestation.
- Not use illicit drugs.
- Not use alcohol or controlled substances in an excessive or inappropriate manner.
- Not be currently in treatment for substance abuse. If a substance abuse problem has occurred in the past, the applicant must have completed a non-addictive period of at least five years.
- Not have falsified information during the course of the screening process.
CfY acknowledges that the criminal justice system disproportionately impacts folx of color, and while there are certain exclusionary crimes (sex offenses, violent crimes, crimes against the vulnerable), we take a holistic approach to application review that considers multiple factors.
“How Do I Get Started?”
- Apply here: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4446908/Mentor-Volunteer-Application
- A CfY staff member will contact you to schedule a phone interview.
- After that, we’ll want to meet you in-person or via video conference.
- If we determine you are a good fit for our program, you will complete a comprehensive background check.
- Participants start the year with four mentor training sessions in September before being matched with a student.