Mentor a Homeless Child - Urgent Need


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PO 26295Washington, DC 20001


Eyes Wide Open Mentoring, Inc., i s a local non-profit organization whose mission is to empower homeless youth to rise above their immediate circumstances and take the steps necessary to enable them to have successful futures by pairing them with a mentor. BACKGROUND
Nationally, an astounding one in every 30 children was homeless in 2013, according to a report by the National Center on Family Homelessness. In the District of Columbia, the rate at which children are becoming homeless is increasing dramatically. It is estimated that 6,000 children and youth in D.C. are homeless. ROLE
A mentor is an adult volunteer who provides both general encouragement and specific support to empower his or her mentee to prepare for a successful future. Mentors serve as a trusted friend and guide helping to ensure that the youth develops important academic and life skills, is exposed to new opportunities and a wide array of resources, makes positive life choices, and stays in school. DUTIES

Mentors will:

  1. Know and comply with all requisite Eyes Wide Open Mentoring, Inc. policies and procedures
  2. Meet with mentees once a week for an hour or more
  3. Notify their mentees, the mentees’ parents or guardians, as well as their supervisors, when they are unable to meet with mentees due to travel, vacation, illness, etc.
  4. Assist mentees with organization and schoolwork
  5. Explore fun and enriching activities with mentees that match their mutual interests
  6. Immediately report concerns about their mentees to their supervisors
  7. Practice common sense about their own and their mentee’s safety
  8. Participate in required training and orientation, as well as ongoing training and support
  9. File progress reports in a timely manner
  10. Maintain confidentiality and respect the privacy of all participants
  11. HAVE FUN!!!
  1. At least 21 years old
  2. Interested in working with young people
  3. Willing to adhere to all program policies and procedures
  4. Dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments for mentoring as well as for reporting and training
  5. No use of illicit drugs
  6. No smoking, use of tobacco products or drinking alcohol during mentoring activities

Ideally, a mentor will:
  1. Be able to meet with your mentee a minimum of 4 to 8 hours per month
  2. Communicate with your mentee in between face-to-face visits
  3. Attend all required trainings
  4. Attend mentor/mentee group events and mentor support groups

The ideal mentor will be:
  1. Willing and active listener
  2. Encouraging and supportive
  3. Patient, understanding, flexible, and committed for the long term
  4. Tolerant and respectful of individual and cultural differences
  5. Creative and self-motivated
  6. Self-confident, but willing to take advice and work as part of a dedicated team
  7. Able to set clear and consistent boundaries

All applicants must complete and pass the following requirements:
  1. A written application and three professional references
  2. Driving record check
  3. A comprehensive criminal records background check
  4. A personal interview
Mentors cannot be paired with youth until they have attended an initial mentor training.


  • Child Development
  • Youth Services
  • Community Outreach
  • Life Coaching

Good Match For

Kids Teens

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-2 hours weekly
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