Mentor Qualifications are the foundation of a successful mentor:

  • Willing spirit
  • Openness to cultural differences
  • Good listening skills
  • Patience
  • Sense of humor
  • Commitment

Basic mentor duties and responsibilities:

  • Meet with the assigned mentee for the agreed-upon time frame (i.e., often weekly meetings for at least one year)
  • Act as a resource and guide
  • Work closely with one of the partner agencies’ staff through phone contact, personal conferences and group meetings
  • Serve as an example and a positive role model
  • Accept and relate to youth who may not share the volunteer’s lifestyle and values
  • Respect the mentee’s right to self-determination and independence

Matching mentors and mentees is a carefully managed process. Matches are made on the basis of interests, skills, background, knowledge and temperament of both the young person and the mentor.