Become a Mentor to Youth in the Mission!


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


3177 17th StreetSan Francisco, CA 94110


Who we are:

Seven Tepees Youth Program is a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides comprehensive youth development and college access and persistence services to over 1,000 youth annually through two programs: The Learning Center and The College & Career Program. Our Learning Center works with low-income middle and high school students as well as recent college graduates for a period of more than ten years - spanning middle school and high school graduation into the first few years of college or career - offering academic support and guidance, college and career advising, environmental education, mentoring, job training and counseling. Our College and Career Program at Mission High School, a public school serving predominantly low-income and first generation students, includes college and career advising, scholarship assistance, scholarships, test preparation support and college application assistance. Seven Tepees has an annual operating budget of approximately $1 million and inhabits the top floor of a building owned by the organization.

Our Mission:
The mission of Seven Tepees is to work with urban youth to foster the skills they need to make lifelong positive choices and to create their own opportunities for success. Founded in 1995 by retired Juvenile Justice Daniel Weinstein and Native American healer Hully Fetico, Seven Tepees began as a summer camp where youth lived in seven tepees - one representing each continent of the world.

Volunteers make Seven Tepees Youth Program possible, as we rely on your support to offer students every opportunity available.

About the Mentor Program:

In their 7th grade year, Seven Tepees students are paired with an adult volunteer mentor as part of the ten-year youth development program. While the mentoring commitment is one year, the hope is mentor-mentee pairs will continue a long-lasting relationship beyond the structured program.

As a mentor, you will be a role model to a youth who will benefit from long-term one-on-one support from a caring adult. Mentors and youth participate in a wide range of activities together including Seven Tepees events, community service projects, and planning expeditions on your own. Being a mentor is a great experience which allows for memorable moments while fostering a positive relationship with a youth.

To get a glimpse of what you will be doing as a Mentor, here is the 2017-2018 calendar of the mentor events:

  • Thursday, 9/7: Mentor Training (6pm-8pm)

  • Saturday, 9/30: Mentor Kickoff (Meeting your Mentee! )

  • Saturday, 10/14 - Sunday, 10/15: Kayaking Overnight

  • Thursday, 11/16: Mentor Games & Goals Night

  • Saturday, 12/9: Rope’s Course

  • Saturday, 1/27: Mentor Conference

  • Thursday, 2/22: Mentor Challenge Event

  • 6-month check-in with Mentor Coordinator

  • Independent Outing in March: Community Service Project

  • Saturday, 4/14: Mentor Scavenger Hunt

  • Saturday, 5/12: Mentor BBQ & Rox

  • June, TBD: Giants Game

  • Saturday, 8/5: Closing Retreat

Mentors are required to meet their mentee two to three times per month for one academic year (September 2017 to August 2018). We are looking for individuals who will gain the satisfaction of forming a new friendship and support a youth as they set both academic and personal goals for their future.


  • Age requirement: 21

  • Commitment: 2-3 outings/month for one year

  • Mentor training will be scheduled by the Mentor Program Coordinator based on the potential mentor's availability

  • Must provide (2) references

  • Must provide a copy of car insurance if you have a vehicle

  • Spanish Speaker (Not a requirement, but highly encouraged to apply)

If you have any further questions or response, please feel free to apply through VolunteerMatch or send an e-mail to ( You may also call into our Learning Center Office at 415-522-1550 between the hours of 10am to 6pm. We thank you so much for wanting to be a mentor and we look forward to hear from you!


  • Mentoring
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Youth Services
  • General Education

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-3 outings per month for academic year
  • Must provide (2) references and provide a copy of car insurance if you have a vehicle

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