The mission of BCN's mentoring program is to bring enthusiastic, dedicated, caring adult members of our community and unite them with youth in need. We aim to provide someone who can be a friend, who will encourage and support them through the various transitions in their life, help instill confidence, the importance of education, and everyday life skills they will need — and ultimately to build long lasting relationships.
How Do Mentors Help?
Children guided by positive role models are more likely to improve their academic performance, make better decisions, have more self-confidence, and a sense of belonging.
How do I get started?
To get started, please fill out the mentor application. We will contact you to see what questions you might have as well as schedule a time to meet in person and get to know you better.
The next step is to fill out an application form and pass a background check and drug test. Once these steps have been completed, selected volunteers will participate in a 4 hour trauma training program. This training focuses on trauma informed care and issues specific to our youth.
To participate in the program, in addition to the above, you must meet the following criteria.
- Sign a confidentiality agreement.
- Participate in the New Mentor Training.
- Agree to record the times and dates of each contact and submit that report monthly.
- Agree to be a mentor, or to be available as a mentor, for a period of no less than 1 year. Once matched, must agree to contact their mentee at least 4 times per month. We will have substitutes in case of vacations, health issues, etc.
What is the Process?
- Fill out a mentor application.
- Initial phone interview
- In-person meeting
- Background/sex offender/criminal records check
- Drug test - urine analysis
- 3-4 hour orientation and new mentor training