Become a Mentor. Help Youth Thrive.

All children have the potential to succeed in life and contribute to society. However, not all children get the support they need to thrive. Be the change you want to see in the world. Become a youth mentor.

As a mentor, you’ll be helping young students soar to new heights-and blossom with creativity, character and confidence.  You can provide one-on-one homework assistance, share a talent or skill, provide career and college guidance and mostly show care and support that will last through a child’s life.

Youth mentoring only takes one hour a week. Whatever your background, experience or interest, mentoring at the YMCA is an ideal place to make a difference in a child’s life.

What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee. A mentor is at least 14 years of age, who provides a young person with support, counsel, friendship, reinforcement and constructive example. Mentors are good listeners, people who care, and want to help young people bring out strengths that are already there.

Who Can Mentor?
Anyone responsible person with a caring heart and time for a child can be a mentor. Hundreds of volunteers, from every walk of life, currently participate in the YMCA Mentor Program. Volunteers include: High School Students, College Students, Senior Citizens, Corporate Employees, Community Members, Church Members and Parents.

The list goes on. Each mentor has his or her own unique experiences to share. Won’t you come share yours?

To be a mentor, you must meet these simple requirements:

  • Be at least 14 years of age
  • Provide at least one hour of mentoring a week
  • Complete a volunteer application
  • Provide a reference check
  • Be fingerprinted
  • Pass a TB Test
  • Attend a volunteer orientation/training

For your convenience, our volunteer coordinator will work with you to answer your questions and match you with just the right student.

Download the Volunteer Application 

Contact Info:

Norma Ruiz
Volunteer Service
Program Director
(714) 635-9622 ext. 1613

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