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Covenant House Alaska

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy

Location

755 A StreetAnchorage, AK 99501 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

So many of the young adults served by Covenant House Alaska have not experienced adults who are reliable or who genuinely care about their progress. Being a mentor is a highly rewarding endeavor. You'll provide guidance and serve as a positive role model, working one-on-one with youth ages 17-24 who are making the journey to self-sufficiency and independence through one of our transitional living programs. Mentors must be able to make a 2 year commitment and have the ability to meet twice a month, person-to-person, with weekly communications.

Description

A mentor is a caring adult who provide extra support and encouragement, a helping hand or a listening ear. They are someone who can challenge a youth to be their best selves, and who believes in them as they work to achieve their goals. A mentor helps by being available.

Mentors bust be at least 28 years old, able to pass a background check, maintain a 2 year commitment, meet twice a month person-to-person with weekly communications, attend monthly mentor activities, understand that consistency and availability are crucial, and work with youth to develop independent living skills.

Steps to Become a Mentor
Application: Complete an electronic application.
Interview: Schedule interview with staff to discuss your background, interests, expectations, and role as a mentor.
References: We will contact all three of your listed references.
Background Checks: You will complete a State of Alaska fingerprint background check and Covenant House International background check. You will receive the forms required for the background checks after your interview.
Orientation and Training: Mentors will complete online orientation modules (6 hours) and a 1 1/2 hour in person orientation to learn policies and procedures of the agency as well as how to serve this population. Ongoing training will be offered regularly. In addition, mentors will complete an annual online Child Protection Training (1 hour).
Mentor/Mentee Match: After completing the above steps, mentors are introduced to youth in the program. It may take time for a match to occur. Please be patient as we want each match to be successful.

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