Become a Mentor
A Mentor with the Operation New Hope is a caring, responsible, adult volunteer who serves as a trusted friend and guide to an ONH student. ONH Mentor’s help to ensure that the student develops important academic and life skills, is exposed to new opportunities and a wide array of resources, makes positive life choices, stays in school, and graduates with a plan for pursuing post-secondary education.
Please fill out the Mentoring Form:
Or Contact us at 951.500.2919 or email@example.com
The Mentor’s Responsibility to ONH Students
Every volunteer mentor must:
- Be able to commit to spending at least one year in a relationship with a student. Spend at least five – eight hours a month engaged in a mutually agreed-upon activity with their student.
- Communicate with their student weekly—by telephone or email—to keep in touch about what is going on in their lives.
- Honor, all commitments made to the student and ONH.
- Be respectful of the student’s time, opinions, and decision-making.
- Serve as a positive role model by modeling desirable behaviors—e.g. patience, tolerance, and reflective listening.
- Be comfortable and able to establish appropriate boundaries with the student and his or her family.
- Be encouraging and supportive of the student.
- Help the student develop a road map to success for completing high school and going on to college or work.
Responsibility to Operation New Hope
Every Volunteer Mentor must:
- Check-in with the program staff once a month.
- Attend on-going trainings when needed or requested to do so by program staff.
- Complete evaluation surveys as requested by staff.
- Recognize role as a mandated reporter and report any problematic issues.
- Be patient and understand the mentoring relationship is a process that takes work and time.
- All volunteers must:
- Be 21 years of age.
- Have earned a high school diploma.
- Submit an application, 2 forms of reference, a copy of a photo ID and an auto insurance card.
- Pass a criminal background check
- Successfully complete an interview for a mentor position with Mentors Inc staff
- Exhibit a genuine concern for high school aged students