Jackson Street Mentoring provides one-on-one friendship and guidance from a responsible adult. Volunteer Mentors (adults) make a one year commitment, and to agree to spend 1-3 hours per week with the youth they’ve been matched with. The mentors will be meeting out in the community (go on a hike, walk downtown, take a tour of LBCC) and outings will be scheduled with the youth and family, while Jackson Street staff supervise through check-ins and regular phone calls.
Mentees (youth) must be referred by a service provider (probation officer, therapist, school counselor, etc). Youth are paired with their Mentor once a good match is found.AN ELIGIBLE VOLUNTEER MENTOR....
- Provides consistent support and friendship to a youth (male or female) ages 10-17
- Is at least 19 years old
- Resides in Benton or Linn County
- Has a positive perspective of young people
- Adheres to all program policies and procedures
- Meets consistently and is dependable
- Has at least two hours per week to share with their Mentee, for one year
- Attends training sessions as required, and a minimum of 8 Monthly Mentor Meetings throughout the year
- Willingly communicates with program staff about activity information and takes constructive feedback and suggestions. We ask for weekly email or phone updates for the first 3 months, and bi-weekly updates for the remaining 9 months. Mentors ask questions when they have them - you’re not alone!
- Does not abuse or use alcohol or controlled substances while acting as a Volunteer (with your mentee)
- Is not currently in treatment for substance abuse, and has a non-addictive period of at least five years
- Completed Volunteer Time Sheets each month
- Has a passion for supporting runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth. Experience working with this population, or personal history is a plus but not required.
- Child Welfare
- People Skills
- Problem Solving
- Relationship Building
- Critical Thinking
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 19
- Orientation or Training
- 1-3 hours per week
- pass background and reference checks, be excited to support a youth, adheres to program procedures..