Rochester, NY – February 18, 2011 – Volunteers of America of Western New York is currently seeking volunteers to serve as mentors as part of the agency’s new “Mentoring Children of Promise”. The program provides support for children who have an incarcerated parent by matching them with mature, responsible, caring adults who serve as mentors.
Individuals interested in becoming a mentor must be 18 years or older and able to meet with the child their matched with for about two hours a week (eight hours a month). Volunteers will take the lead in supporting a young person through an on-going one-to-one relationship, building trust, respect and self-esteem by planning and participating in activities as well as helping to set goals and helping the youth work to accomplish them. Mentors meet regularly with youth and offer friendship, support and guidance during this difficult period in their lives.
Mentors are asked to make a minimum one year commitment of meeting with the child they are matched with for 6-8 hours per month. Interested individuals should call (585) 647-1150 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register to attend the following mentor orientation sessions:
Mentor orientations will be held at VOA’s Main Office located at 214 Lake Avenue, Building C in Rochester, NY. Potential mentors should bring their driver’s license, auto insurance card and social security number to the orientation. All interested individuals will be required to fill out an application packet which includes a complete background check.