The goal of Alum Rock Counseling Center's Ocala Mentoring Program is to empower youth ages 11-14 to avoid high-risk behaviors such as crime, drug use, adolescent pregnancy, and truancy. Students participate through their 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, receiving mentoring, life skills classes, academic tutoring, and case management. We pair 60 of our students with mentors in order to improve their academic and future successes by offering specialized one-on-one mentoring with a volunteer from the community.
Becoming a mentor is one of the most beneficial ways to use your volunteer time. Mentors help their mentees seek out positive role models and safe recreational activities. They help youth realize their full potential and influence youth to make healthier choices that lead to physical, social, and emotional wellness. Mentoring activities can range from hanging out at school, going to the park or mall, attending a baseball game, tutoring at the library, visiting a local university, watching a movie, and more--whatever you are capable of, interested in sharing, and will ultimately benefit your mentee. Mentors are responsible for setting up dates and times to meet and will receive full support from the Volunteer Coordinator.
If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of our youth, please contact Celina Chun, Volunteer Coordinator at 408-910-0446 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Youth Services
- Relationship Building
- Verbal / Written Communication
- People Skills
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 1 year commitment, 6 hours mentoring a month
- Weekly contact (phone call/text/email) & Monthly outing