May 6, 2013

Becoming a Mentor


The Core of ChalleNGe


Matching the cadets with a caring, responsible volunteer mentor is the most critical component of the Sunburst Youth Academy experience. The mentoring relationship begins in the Residential Phase (first 5 1/2 months) and continues for a full year during the Post-Residential Phase of the program. Not only is mentoring important for the development of these young men and women, but for their continued success after the program.

Mentoring has always existed and has always been effective. There is really nothing mystical or magical about being a mentor or why mentoring works so well. Every successful person has had mentors in his or her life. It could be a teacher, a coach, a neighbor, a relative, a co-worker, an AA or NA sponsor, or a minister. What we have achieved in our lives is due, in part to the mentors in our lives.

What is the Process?

  1. Find out information on what a mentor is.
  2. Complete a Mentor Application
  3. Be Scheduled and show up for your Live Scan Appointment
  4. Pass the Background Check
  5. Become Matched with a Cadet
  6. Meet the Cadet and Attend training

What is a Mentor?

A volunteer mentor is a person or friend who guides a less experienced person by building trust and modeling positive behaviors. An effective volunteer mentor understands that his or her role is to be dependable, engaged, authentic, and tuned into the needs of the mentee.

If you would like to become a Mentor, you should meet some of the following characteristics:

Good listener
Successful Career
Able to network and find resources
Willing to devote time to developing others

Basic Mentor Qualifications:

Be at least 25 years old
Must be employed, in school, or retired
A good role model
Commit the entire 17 ½ month program
Willing work with At-risk youth
Must pass a Department of Justice background check

Basic Mentor Disqualifications for Sunburst:

You have been convicted of a sexual related crime
Live outside of Southern California

The Cadets at our completely free voluntary program made a decision to go down a different path and to better themselves. Joining the program took guts. Now they need your support and mentorship to continue down that path to success.

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