Become a MentorWhat is a Creative Mentor?
Do You Want In?
Of course you do! Why? Because Creative Mentoring works. All it takes is about an hour a week and the desire to make a difference in the life of a child. It’s easy! Plus, there is no cost to apply OR to attend training.
There are 3 steps to becoming a mentor…
A Creative Mentor is an adult or high school student who volunteers to make a difference in the life of a child by spending time with them in their schools.
Studies have shown that a mentor relationship can be one of the most important relationships in a child’s development. It doesn’t take any special skills or degrees to be a mentor. All it takes is a caring adult who is committed to helping a child become all he or she can be.
It involves listening, sharing, and showing the child that there is one person who takes the time out of their busy lives to be there for him or her. The greatest gift a mentor can give is his or her time.
Creative Mentors volunteer up to one hour per week in a school or other community organization with one or more students who have been identified by a counselor or a teacher as needing some additional one-on-one attention by a caring adult.
Creative Mentors volunteer in schools or other sites during school hours close to where they live or work in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties. We are continuously partnering with new schools. Click here to for list of current school partners.
Creative Mentors make an initial commitment to mentoring for one school year. Research shows that a mentoring relationship lasting less than six months actually does more harm than good to a child who is looking for stability and consistency. It’s not uncommon for Creative Mentors to follow their mentee from early elementary school through high school graduation and beyond.
How does it work?
All Creative Mentors are required to go through an application process, including reference checks, a criminal background check, and completion of our mentor training. It takes approximately a month from the day of application to the day you’re placed with a child.
Once your application has been approved and you’ve completed the required mentor training session, Connecting Generations will forward your information to the school you requested and notify them that your application process is complete. You should hear from the school within two weeks, but if you don’t just give us a call and we’ll help to sort it out!
Both Connecting Generations and your school mentor coordinator will remain available to support you during your mentoring relationship. We are also very interested in your feedback, so we’ll be in touch periodically to follow up with you. Thank you so much for your interest in Connecting Generations and strengthening our community, one child at a time!