Become a Mentor!

We are recruiting mentors for the 2021-22 school year!

Community for Youth is following Gov. Jay Inslee’s order and requiring our Mentors to be vaccinated to be eligible for our program.

Learn more about becoming a mentor below and contact our Program Manager at with any questions. 

What Does it Take?

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.

Before applying, read more about the CfY Learning Communities Program here.

How Do I Get Started?

  1. Apply using the New Mentor Application linked below.
  2. A CfY staff member will contact you to schedule a zoom interview.
  3. If we determine you are a good fit for our program, you will complete a comprehensive background check.
  4. Traditional program participants start the year with four mentor training sessions in September before being matched with a student. CfY Duos participants will complete a virtual mentor training as directed by a CfY staff member.

Ready to Apply?

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.