Q1. Do I have the skills to mentor?
Answer: Mentors go by many names and they all have one thing in common—they care. If you have a sincere interest in the success of our youth and a caring attitude, you are perfect! Mentoring programs will provide you with the support and knowledge you need to have a successful relationship with your mentee.
Q2. What do you do when you mentor?
Answer: In a community-based program, the activities are typically determined by you and your mentee; simple things like visiting a local fishing spot, teaching a young person a hobby you enjoy, or checking out a new movie are all perfect activities! For other more structured programs, like a school or site-based program, guidelines and activities are provided by the program.
Q3. Can I expect to see immediate results?
Answer: As with any relationship, some time is required to form a trusting bond. Immediate results do not always happen with mentoring which requires a bit of patience on the part of the mentor. However, it is important to remember that no matter the outcomes of a mentoring relationship you are making a difference in a young person's life by showing them they are a valuable member of your community!
Q4. I want to volunteer with a mentoring program. What's next?
Answer: Check out our directory of mentoring programs to contact a mentoring program directly. Or feel free to call Kansas Mentors at 785-368-6211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will help locate a local mentoring program for you.
Once you have contacted a mentoring program, they will ask you to complete a brief application. This allows the program to get to know you a bit and complete a background check. The information gained in the application process ensures that all Kansas youth are being served by safe mentoring relationships and helps program staff make the best possible mentoring match.
Q5. What is the time commitment?
Answer: In most community-based programs, mentors are asked to spend 6-8 hours each month for the duration of one year. In a school-based program, mentors and mentees meet on site 1-3 hours a week during a school calendar year (typically 9 months).
Q6. Why should I be a mentor?
Answer: Being part of a mentoring program can make an important difference in a child's life. Research shows that young people involved in mentoring programs increase their chances of high school graduation and college attendance, and decrease likelihood of substance abuse and other risky behaviors.
Think back to your own life, chances are there was a caring role model that helped to shape your future. That is why mentoring is so important, can you imagine your life without those role models? Pass on your gratitude by volunteering to mentor today.