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Team Up Mentoring Program

Team Up Mentoring

Mentor Job Description

Change the world one relationship at a time! Team Up Mentoring enables at-risk youth, ages 6-17, to benefit from supportive and trusting one-on-one match relationships with adults, from all segments of society, who are at least 20 years of age. The adult mentors commit to spending several hours per week for a year with their mentees. The focus is on building a trusting relationship in order to help the young person with character, social and leadership development. The adult mentor offers the mentee support, friendship, and encouragement.

Mentor Role

  • Trusted guide or friend
  • Caring, responsible adult
  • Positive role model
  • Good listener

Time Commitment

  • Meet several hours/week for 1 year
  • Attend optional mentor/mentee group events, mentor support groups, and program recognition events
  • Stay in monthly contact with your match support specialist

Participation Requirements

  • Be at least 20 years old
  • Reside in the South Hampton Roads area
  • Be interested in working with young people
  • Attend mandatory mentor orientation and training session
  • Have access to an automobile, auto insurance, and a good driving record

Desirable Qualities

  • Know how to have fun
  • Be flexible and open
  • Have respect for other points of view
  • Have the ability to empathize with another person’s struggles
  • Be friendly
  • Be a good listener


  • Knowing you are making a difference in someone’s life
  • Seeing your mentee smile when you pick him or her up
  • Meeting like-minded mentors
  • Making a friend for life
  • Sharing experiences
  • Attending free monthly group activities
  • Celebrating with volunteer recognition events

Application and Screening Process

  • Written application
  • Background checks: Criminal history; FBI fingerprint; Child protective services; Sex offender registry; DMV
  • Personal interview
  • Reference checks: 1 professional and 3 personal

For more information contact Leticia Carrington Match Specialist: 757-339-5313 or Juanita Rivera-Gordon Volunteer Coordinator: 757-622-7017 ext. 409

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About The Up Center


150 W Boush St, Norfolk, VA 23510, US

Mission Statement

To help people live better lives by building a strong community of healthy families and individuals.


We will respond flexibly and collaboratively to changing needs and opportunities to help people live better lives.

Children & Youth
Crisis Support


We'll work with your schedule.


1805 Airline BlvdPortsmouth, VA 23703



  • Mentoring
  • Youth Services




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 20
  • One year commitment

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