Become a Mentor

Mentor Me- North Georgia is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to to help children reach their potential through mentoring relationships with responsible adults.

 

Mentoring is Fun!

Being a Mentor is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable things you will ever do and it’s simple too! 

Think back to when you were a kid. Who was the person, other than a parent, who brought a little magic to your life, just by being there? By becoming a Mentor, you can be that person for a child who needs you, and you will build treasured memories through a friendship that will change your life, and a child’s forever.

As a Mentor, you and your young friend will do everyday activities like playing sports, watching a movie, cooking, visiting a museum, washing a car, taking a walk, volunteering in their community, and hanging out. Research shows what really matters to the children is the fact that they have a caring adult in their lives. Because they have someone to confide in and to look up to, they are, in turn, doing better in school and at home. They have support at a pivotal time in their lives when even small changes in behavior, or choices made, can change the course of their future.

HOW ARE VOLUNTEERS SCREENED AND MATCHED?

The safety and well-being of the children we serve is Mentor Me’s highest priority. We strive to achieve the highest quality possible in matching a child to a caring volunteer Mentor, and in providing ongoing professional support services to our children, parents and volunteers. Potential Mentors first call our agency and then attend an informative meeting regarding our program. Applicants are then interviewed and screened by professional staff to determine suitability as a volunteer and to determine the child who might be the most compatible. Mentors are then matched according to geographic proximity, common interests, and personality. Girls are matched with women, and boys are matched with men or with couples.

Each volunteer must complete a thorough screening process that includes:

  •           Completion of a formal written application
  •           A criminal history record check
  •           At least 2 references
  •           An in-person interview

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE MENTOR

Mentors accept the responsibility to enter into a friendship with their young friend for at least a year. The Mentor takes the initiative to arrange outings and contacts with the child. The Mentor should keep every scheduled appointment with their young friend and allow the child to develop the friendship at his or her own pace.

THE CHILD AND THEIR PARENT

Both the child and his/her parent or guardian must want the child to have a Mentor. The parent’s position does not change when the child gets a Mentor. However, it is important that the parent not use the Mentor as a means of discipline. In addition, the parent is not allowed to use the volunteer as “convenient child care.”

You've been thinking about getting involved. Now you know the importance of volunteering, how easy it is and how much your help is needed. Why not apply to be a Mentor today?

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