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Become a Mentor-Advocate for Youth of Color -- YMCA Inspiring Futures

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ORGANIZATION: YMCA Youth & Family Services

  • 89 people are interested
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The YMCA Mentoring Program seeks adult male volunteers throughout Montgomery County, Maryland, to be positive role models for at-risk youth of color between the ages of 12 -19, primarily referred by Child Welfare Services. With just 4-8 hours per month, you can change the odds and make a difference in the life of a boy who is affected by the challenges of foster care or other family disruption. Volunteers meet with their mentees on a regular basis and engage in activities throughout the community that foster social, educational, and emotional growth. For more information, or to sign up for an orientation session, please contact Otto Perez at ottoniel.perez@ymcadc.org.

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About YMCA Youth & Family Services


9800 Hastings Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20901, US

Mission Statement

YMCA Mentoring is a one-on-one community-based mentoring program which matches caring adults with children and youth between the ages of 5 -15 referred to us by either Montgomery County Child Welfare Services (the large majority), or therapists and school counselors. Our mission is to engage mentees in activities that foster social, educational, and emotional growth.


Our volunteer mentors are caring and capable adults, 21 yrs or older, committed to making an important difference in the lives of children who are experiencing significant challenges. V olunteer mentors make a basic commitment of 4-8 hours per month for a minimum of one year and they meet with mentees on a regular basis, preferably weekly, either in the evening or on weekends. In addition to the one-on-one mentoring sessions, mentors and mentees are encouraged to participate in program-sponsored group activities. We make same-gender matches and use common interests/goals between mentors and mentees to make the matches.

Our application process includes: a volunteer application, personal interview, fingerprinting and background check including child protective clearance and sexual offender registry check. Volunteer mentors are also required to attend an informational session and training as part of the application process. Throughout the year, we provide continuing education, support, and supervision.


Children & Youth
Children & Youth


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9800 Hastings DriveSilver Spring, MD 20901



  • Mentoring
  • Sports Coaching
  • Youth Services
  • Child Development
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4-10 hours per month
  • Volunteer mentors make a basic commitment of 4-8 hours per month for a minimum of one year and they meet with mentees on a consistent and regular basis, either in the afternoon, after school, or on weekends. Having a car is required in our program.

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