Being a mentor is a highly rewarding endeavor. It’s a chance to provide guidance and serve as a positive role model for one of our youth, aged 17 to 24, who is making the journey to self-sufficiency and independence. Covenant House Alaska’s mentorship program is in need of qualified volunteers to fill these important roles. While we are not actively matching mentors at this time in response to COVID-19, we are beginning the application process so volunteers are ready to start when it's safe to do so.
We make an effort to match each of the residents in our Transitional Living programs, Rights of Passage (ROP) and Passage House, with an adult mentor. You’ll work one-on-one with your youth to help develop the skills they need to live independently. Just as important, mentors provide our youth with a much-needed connection with a caring, reliable adult. Passage House mentors work specifically with pregnant or parenting young mothers and their children.
As a mentor, you would make a commitment to:
Spend time with your youth match at least twice a month.
Maintain weekly phone contact with your youth match.
Attend a monthly activity.
To be a mentor at Covenant House Alaska, you must:
Be at least 28 years of age.
Make a two-year commitment to the mentorship program.
Have the ability to maintain clear boundaries with youth.
Have the ability to work well with Covenant House Alaska staff.
Complete an application, background check, and orientation process.
We who recognize God's providence and fidelity to his people are dedicated to living out his covenant among ourselves and those children we serve, with absolute respect and unconditional love. That commitment calls us to serve suffering children of the street, and to protect and safeguard all children. Just as Christ in his humanity is the visible sign of God's presence among his people, so our efforts together in the covenant community are a visible sign that effects the presence of God, working through the Holy Spirit among ourselves and our kids.
Covenant House Alaska is to be the leader, through collaboration with the community, to provide compassionate, sustainable services and shelter to homeless or at-risk youth in Alaska.
Youth experiencing homelessness have rights.
The right to a home.
The right to food.
The right to guidance.
The right to an education.
The right to be free from sexual, emotional, or physical abuse.
The right to be free from exploitation.
Youth experiencing homelessness have the right to be safe, and most importantly, to be loved.