Being a Mentor is not difficult.

The only prerequisites, really, are life experience and a background check. Here are some questions you may have about becoming a mentor and a simple answer to help you feel empowered and fully capable of impacting a life, simply by sharing yours.

 

What is the commitment of a YMI Mentor?

What is the commitment of a YMI Mentor?

The commitment depends on the mentor program, but most programs require a commitment of one school year. Typically, you will meet weekly for one hour during that time.

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I have never worked with kids before. Am I still qualified?

I have never worked with kids before. Am I still qualified?

Yes. Any caring adult who desires to see teens succeed and reach their full potential and possess the 5 YMI Mentor Characteristics is qualified to become a YMI mentor.

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Would I mentor one on one?

Would I mentor one on one?

Yes, however some of our school programs are designed for mentors to meet with students in a small group setting.

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How are mentors matched with mentees?

How are mentors matched with mentees?

Mentors and mentees fill out a Life and Interest Inventory. Similar life experiences, hobbies, and personal character traits are used to match a mentor with a student.

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Will I be matched with students of the opposite sex?

Will I be matched with students of the opposite sex?

Adults who mentor at the Intermediate and Junior High level have the option of mentoring a student of the opposite sex. Mentoring at the High School level is gender specific.

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