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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.

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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