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.
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What is the commitment of a YMI Mentor?
Mentor and Mentee matches run for the HSE school year. However, some of our great matches have lasted for several years, some times all the way thru graduation and beyond.
Mentors and mentees meet weekly from 30-60 minutes in the mentee’s school during the school day.
YMI mentors make the commitment to attend training sessions provided by YMI. These YMI training sessions will equip our mentors for his/her mentoring roll(s).
YMI mentors are YMI ambassadors in their community.
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.
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.
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.
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.