2 Siskiyou circle girls 3-13Our Volunteer Mentors fully represent The Rose Circle Mentoring Network as they are out on the front lines mentoring youth in our community, communicating with parents and school staff, as well as supporting special events, like fundraisers. We appreciate the variety of backgrounds and skills that our mentors offer the youth they serve. With that, we want to make sure that you are aware of the expectations that will be held for you as a mentor and what this volunteer position entails.

Mentor Role

  • Take the lead in supporting a young person through an ongoing, one-to-one relationship
  • Serve as a positive role model and friend
  • Build the relationship by planning and participating in activities together
  • Strive for mutual respect
  • Build self-esteem and motivation

Time Commitment

  • Make a one-year commitment
  • Spend a minimum of four hours per month one-to-one with a mentee, or circle
  • Communicate with the mentee weekly
  • Attend an 8 or 16-hour training session and additional training sessions as offered
  • Attend optional mentor/mentee group events, mentor support groups, and program recognition events

Participation Requirements

  • Be interested in working with young people
  • Be willing to adhere to all program policies and procedures
  • Be willing to complete the application and screening process
  • Be dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments
  • Attend mentor training sessions as prescribed
  • Be willing to communicate regularly with program staff, submit activity information, and take constructive feedback regarding mentoring activities
  • Have access to an automobile, auto insurance, and a good driving record
  • Have a clean criminal history

Desirable Qualities

  • Willing listener, aware of “Listening Pitfalls”
  • Encouraging and supportive
  • Patient and flexible
  • Tolerant and respectful of individual differences

Benefits

  • Personal fulfillment through contribution to the community and individuals
  • Satisfaction in helping someone mature, progress, and achieve goals
  • Training sessions and group activities
  • Participation in a mentor support group
  • Mileage and expenses are tax deductible
  • Personal ongoing support, supervision to help the match succeed
  • Mentee/mentor group activities, complimentary tickets to community events, participant recognition events

Application and Screening Process

  • Written application
  • Criminal history check: state, child abuse and neglect registry, sexual offender registry and fingerprinting
  • Personal interview
  • Provide four personal references
  • Attend mentor training

Contact us for additional questions or comments.