Youth Mentoring

Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring Program

      Children’s Friend’s Youth Mentoring Program is proud to host for a second year in a row a young professional serving as a Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring for the 2016-2017 AmeriCorps service year.

Mentoring with Children’s Friend

We all remember the adults that helped shape us into who we’ve become. Children’s Friend encourages everyday community members to do the extraordinary by becoming a mentor! Welcome a young person into your routine- go for hikes, play cards, try community activities- together! The vision of the Children’s Friend Youth Mentoring Program is to establish positive, healthy, and productive mentoring matches that will enhance the young person’s social and emotional outcomes. We are focused on positive youth development and evidenced-based mentoring practices.  Mentees of our mentoring program build self-confidence, practice healthy relationships, and identify positive members and organizations within their local communities. Our Mentees are young people you voluntarily choose to be a part of this youth mentoring program. Mentees cannot be court-ordered or required by any other individual or institution to join. Program staff will perform an intake to determine whether or not this community-based mentoring program is a good fit for each individual applicant.  Have you heard Miranda and Lisa’s incredible story? Their relationship has been featured by the North Shore United Way, click this link to watch their short video! Our Youth Mentoring Program matches youth between the ages of 5 and 18 with a volunteer adult mentor. The pair is scheduled to meet up to 8 hours each month to establish a one-to-one relationship that over a year’s time matures into a genuine, caring friendship.

Why become a Mentor?

  • The schedule of commitment is flexible, it is based on mentor availability
  • Mentors and mentees can meet every other week for 4 hours or every week for 2
  • Mentors have some choice in the mentee they are matched with, which helps promote natural relationships and simplified bonding
  • All mentors receive a YMCA membership to use with their mentee, as well as tons of additional activity and relationship support

Our mentors – like the individuals and families we serve – come from a variety of backgrounds and professions- law, small business, government, finance, automotive, electrical, education, human services, food and beverage industry, and more! To be eligible to apply as a volunteer youth mentor, applicants should have the following qualifications:

• Mentors should have a genuine interest in helping to improve the lives of young people
• Mentors are ages 21 and older
• Clear a CORI/SORI background check and National Driving / Criminal background check
• 4 References (2 personal, 1 professional, 1 community-based)
• Applicants must complete a written/online application and in-person interview
• Applicants must complete an evening Mentor Orientation

Looking to jump start a career in the helping professions?
Get started with your career at Children’s Friend and Family Services, a division of Justice Resource Institute
….as a Volunteer Youth Mentor!

  1. Acquire new skills: Any role at CFFS will require a lot of interaction with children, families, and other CFFS providers. Jump in and get your feet wet with boundless opportunities for growth!
  2. Volunteering shows that you are engaged in your passion: Working with children and families can be challenging sometimes, volunteer experience helps show that you are ready! Children’s Friend is an organization that believes in career-pathing, skill development, and employee engagement.
  3. Maintain your schedule, on your terms: The schedule of commitment is flexible, it is based on mentor availability. Mentors and mentees can meet every other week for 4 hours or every week for 2.
  4. Improve your LinkedIn profile: Add your volunteer youth mentoring role on your professional account, after a few months of volunteering you can ask program staff to write you a recommendation for the great work you do in the community with your mentee.
  5. Gain in-depth knowledge about community based youth engagement: The  program part of the agency’s continuum of care. Volunteers are given training and support on how to support their mentee in the community. The best training will be spending time one-on-one with your mentee!

Our online mentor application can be found at We are in high need for volunteer mentors! We have a wait list of over 30 wonderful young people seeking a volunteer mentor!

Mentor Role Description

2017 Mentee Referral Form

2017 Mentee Application

Youth Mentoring Sponsors

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