Become a “Men”tor

Become a Mentor and Change a Boy's Life!

Thanks for being prepared to explore what it would take for you or someone you know to become a Young Warriors volunteer to young men who don’t have a father or positive male role model in their lives.

To become a Young Warriors mentor you must go through an application/screening process and, once accepted, will be matched with a local Young Warriors group. You will need to commit to at least 1 year in the Young Warriors program. In this first year you will meet two times per month and keep in contact via phone/text or email weekly.  We meet in a group setting, 4-7 mentors and 30 boys. Young Warriors is SUPER FUN and designed specifically for the male! We have an extremely high mentor return rate, so it’s got to be true! Experience the best times of your life, now!

Process to Become a Mentor

  • Initial phone interview by YW Staff
  • Mentor Interest Form
  • Criminal Background Check
  • In-home interview
  • 12 month mentoring commitment
  • 6 hour mentor training
Apply to Becomea Mentor

 

Do You Have The Qualities of a Great Mentor?

  • Personal commitment to be involved with another person for an extended time — generally, one year at minimum. Mentors have a genuine desire to be part of other people’s lives, to help them with tough decisions and to see them become the best they can be. They have to be invested in the mentoring relationship over the long haul to be there long enough to make a difference.
  • Respect for individuals and for their abilities and their right to make their own choices in life. Mentors should not approach the mentees with the attitude that their own ways are better or that participants need to be rescued. Mentors who convey a sense of respect and equal dignity in the relationship win the trust of their mentees and the privilege of being advisors to them.
  • Ability to listen and to accept different points of view. Most people can find someone who will give advice or express opinions. It’s much harder to find someone who will suspend his or her own judgment and really listen. Mentors often help simply by listening, asking thoughtful questions and giving mentees an opportunity to explore their own thoughts with a minimum of interference. When people feel accepted, they are more likely to ask for and respond to good ideas.
  • Ability to empathize with another person’s struggles. Effective mentors can feel with people without feeling pity for them. Even without having had the same life experiences, they can empathize with their mentees feelings and personal problems.
  • Ability to see solutions and opportunities as well as barriers. Effective mentors balance a realistic respect for the real and serious problems faced by their mentees with optimism about finding equally realistic solutions. They are able to make sense of a seeming jumble of issues and point out sensible alternatives.
  • Flexibility and openness because effective mentors recognize that relationships take time to develop and that communication is a two-way street. They are willing to take time to get to know their mentees, to learn new things that are important to their mentees (music, styles, philosophies, etc.), and even to be changed by their relationship.

 

Young Warriors S.A.F.E. Screening Process

Screening Applicants For Effectiveness – by Friends For Youth

National Standards

Highly Recommended

Young Warriors

Staff training and supervision

Applicant database

Written eligibility criteria/ policy

Distinct process for youth volunteers

Mentee training

Parent / Caregiver training

Mentor position description

Commitment statement

Eligibility, screening, monitoring processes

Orientation

Written application

In-person interview

Home Visit

Criminal history background – State

Criminal history background – FBI

Sex offender registries

Child abuse registries

Driving record

Internet /Social media searches

Character references

Workplace reference

Psychometric/ psychological tests

Pre-match training

Final decision