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Role of the Mentor

YouthNet’s mission is to empower students to make positive life choices through school-based mentoring. Adults and peers volunteer to support, guide, and be a friend to a young person for a period of at least one year. By becoming part of the social network of caring community members, mentors help youth to maximize their potential, reaching positive academic, career, and personal goals.

Mentor Role

  • Take the lead in supporting a young person through an ongoing relationship
  • Serve as a positive role model and friend
  • Build the relationship by planning and participating in activities together
  • Strive for mutual respect
  • Build self-esteem and motivation
  • Help set goals and work toward accomplishing them

Time Commitment

  • Make a commitment for one academic year
  • Spend a minimum of one hour per week with a mentee
  • Attend an initial 1.5 hour training session and any additional training sessions.
  • Attend optional mentor/mentee group events

Participation Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years old (not applicable for Peer Mentoring Programme)
  • Plan to reside in Bermuda for at least one year
  • Be interested in working with young people
  • Be willing to adhere to all program policies and procedures
  • Be willing to complete the application and screening process
  • Be dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments
  • Attend mentor training sessions as prescribed
  • Be willing to communicate regularly with program staff, submit activity information, and take constructive feedback regarding mentoring activities
  • Have access to transportation, auto insurance, and a good driving record or be willing to walk
  • Not use illicit drugs
  • Not use alcohol or controlled substances in an inappropriate manner
  • Not be currently in treatment for substance abuse
  • Not be currently in treatment for a mental disorder or hospitalized for such in the past three years

Desirable Qualities

  • Willing listener
  • Encouraging and supportive
  • Patient and flexible
  • Tolerant and respectful of individual differences

Benefits

  • Personal fulfilment through contribution to community and individual
  • Satisfaction in helping someone mature, progress, and achieve goals
  • Training sessions and group activities
  • Personal ongoing support, supervision to help the match succeed
  • Mentee/mentor group activities, complimentary tickets to community events
  • Limited request of your time

Application and Screening Process

  • Written or online application and questionnaire
  • Criminal Record check (not applicable for Peer Mentoring Programme)
  • Provide one personal reference and one professional reference
  • Attend initial 1.5 hour training session