Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy


633 Third AvenueNew York, NY 10017 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Retire and Senior Volunteer Program recruits, screens, trains, and places volunteers, ages 55 and older, to mentor youth affected by incarceration. Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents (MentorCHIP) offers children of prisoners the opportunity to explore new educational opportunities, express themselves creatively and emotionally, build meaningful relationships and gain new experiences. Children are empowered to speak openly about their family histories and their feelings of anger, sorrow and frustration. The mentoring program helps children to feel safe, nurtured and accepted in a strength-based environment that fosters positive development and successful outcomes. Mentoring Youth of Promise (MentorUP) was created to offer site-based mentoring with an academic and asset-building focus to build the academic skills and social skills of youth involved in the juvenile justice system. MentorUP does this by pairing young people with well trained, highly motivated volunteers.

Volunteers must commit to attend the training and serve a minimum of one year.


The CSS/RSVP mentoring program helps to empower youth in our community to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential. The Mentoring Program utilizes the life experiences of older adult volunteers (55+) to commit to caring and nurturing relationships for a period of at least one year. By becoming part of the social network of adults and community members, the mentor can help youth develop and reach positive academic, career, and personal goals.

Mentor Role
* Take the lead in supporting a young person through an ongoing, one-on-one, and group relationships
* Serve as a positive role model
* Build the relationship by planning and participating in site program activities together
* Strive for mutual respect
* Build self-esteem and motivation
* Help set goals and work toward accomplishing them

Time Commitment
* Make a one-year commitment
* Spend a minimum of six hours per month one-on-one with a mentee
* Communicate with the mentee as the program requires
* Attend and complete RSVP Mentor Training
* Attend and complete two 3-hour in-service trainings annually
* Attend optional mentor/mentee group events, mentor support groups, and program recognition events

Participation Requirements
* Be at least 55 years of age
* Reside in the New York City metropolitan area
* Be interested in working with young people
* Be willing to adhere to all program policies and procedures
* Be willing to complete the application and screening process
* Be dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments
* Attend mentor training sessions

Application and Screening Process
* Written application/screening
* Personal interview
* Provide three references


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