Find the right opportunity: Be thorough in investigating your options before you choose the program that best suits your needs
Mentoring settings: Each mentoring program is different and so are the locations and settings within which a mentoring relationship can develop
How to get started: Before you start to look at the programs that are available, you should think about and identify your own interests and needs
What you have to offer: Regardless of your background, the greatest gift you have to offer a young person is your genuine interest
Mentor's role: Although mentors can fill a number of different roles, all mentors have the same common goal: to help others
So you are looking for an interesting volunteer assignment and are thinking about becoming a mentor. That's great! You'll find that mentoring can be one of the most satisfying and rewarding experiences you'll ever have.
But first, you should be sure you have found the right volunteer activity. This will help make the experience of volunteering the best that it can be.
You may be uncertain about what mentoring involves or whether you have the background and experience to succeed at mentoring. Many people considering mentoring often have these concerns and wonder what it's all about.
A mentor is a caring adult who is committed, responsible and a good listener. There are a variety of different types of programs to suit your needs and busy schedule.
This section of our web site is designed to give you the information and tools you will need to learn more about mentoring and what it takes to become a great mentor.
Remember: Mentoring not only helps the child you mentor, but it gives you a great experience. Volunteering as a mentor requires a significant commitment of time and energy, but it is a fun and enjoyable way to spend your time, with the added benefit of helping others.
Information in this section was provided courtesy of MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership