What Does It Take To Be A Mentor?
Regardless of how you hear about Special Friends, it begins with a call to Youth Alternatives to request information about the program. You may be able to meet with one of the coordinators, if time permits. If not, you will be given an information packet and a meeting will be set up for you to learn more about the program and ask questions.
If you are interested in continuing, fill out an application and return it to the Office of Youth Alternatives. After we receive your completed application, an interview will be arranged. The interview is used to learn more about you, your interests, your personality and your strengths. This is information that will be used to make a solid, positive match later on.Next you will attend an orientation session which usually lasts about three hours. Orientation is held in the evening and dinner is usually served during this time.
Finally, you will have to be fingerprinted and pass a background check. If you are worried about this step, please talk to one of the Special Friends coordinators about your concerns. Most likely there is nothing to worry about and we would not want you to pass up this wonderful opportunity to help a child because of lack of information or a communication failure.
After you have been approved to become a child’s mentor, we ask only a few things of you.
- First, we ask that you spend about three hours a week with your mentor match.
- Second, we ask that you communicate often and freely about any concerns that you might have about your match.
- Third, we ask that you submit monthly volunteer reports.
- And finally, we ask that you HAVE FUN with your match.
So What Can You Expect From Us?
From orientation to the point at which your match is completed, Special Friends will be available to you. We work very hard to be there and to support our volunteer mentors. The coordinators spend a lot of time trying to make sure that a match will work and be a positive experience for both the volunteer mentor and the youth; that the relationship will be safe and rewarding for everyone involved. To help achieve that goal, someone will be available by phone, email or Facebook to answer questions and discuss concerns.
If you are interested in exploring the option of becoming a mentor, please call Youth Alternatives at (307) 637-6480 and ask to speak with Nicole, or you can email her at . You can also find her on Facebook at Youth Alternatives/Special Friends of Cheyenne.
Get started today! Call Special Friends at (307)637-6480.