A big commitment, and an IMMENSE impact: Mentoring


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Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

2929 Pine StEverett, WA 98201


About

Mentoring a youth at Cocoon House is all about FUN! But, it also has an incredible impact on a young person. Stop for a moment and think about the fact that if a youth is in foster care, or living in a housing program, the vast majority of the adults in that young person's life are paid to be there. So imagine how impactful it would be for them to encounter an adult who wants to get to know them, share their interests and hobbies, and provide them with support and encouragement, and does so simply because they want to and that young person matters to them.

A mentor meets with mentees (the youth they are matched with) on a regular basis to have fun while providing support and encouragement. A mentor is there to get to know the youth, encourage them to create and pursue healthy goals; think logically and independently about life events; discover new hobbies and interests; and to learn to interact appropriately in various environments. Mentors do not function as parents or counselors, but rather as an encourager. An ideal mentor will share interests with their mentee and become a safe place for youth to share their thoughts.

Please be aware that being a mentor is one of the highest levels of volunteering in terms of the commitment needed. There will also be a more intensive screening and training process before a mentor is matched with a youth. A strict minimum commitment of at least 6 months would apply, with the expectation that the mentor is available to meet with their youth at least twice per month.

Skills

  • Child Development
  • Child Welfare
  • Mentoring
  • Relationship Building
  • Critical Thinking
  • Youth Services

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • MINIMUM of a 6 month Commitment, 4+ hours/month
  • TB Test
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