Do I Qualify To Be A Mentor?
- Must be at least 30 years of age or older
- Must be currently employed, financially stable, accomplished, and able to lend significant life experience to a youth
- Must be friendly, approachable, have great listening & communication skills, and eager to assist a young person with becoming more fully developed & independent.
- Must commit to being matched with one youth for a full calendar year
- Must commit to having phone or email contact with their mentees at least once per week and face-to-face meetings at least twice per month.
- Mentors guide their mentees to develop a LifePlan; a series of goals to help youth acquire skills to live independently/productively. LifePlans encompass the following achievement areas: Home, Health, Education, Career, and Personal Development.
- Mentors spend quality time with their mentee exposing them to new facets of life.
- Must be willing to adhere to all rules set forth by LifeWorks regarding this program.
What Is The Process To Become Mentor?
- Complete the online LifeWorks Mentor Application.
- If your application is approved, you will be contacted to schedule a 1:1 interview with the Mentoring Coordinator. The purpose of this meeting, located at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza (1125 N. McCadden Place), is to learn more about you and to give you more information about LifeWorks and the youth we serve.
- If selected to become a mentor, you will then be scheduled for a mandatory 8-hour mentor training. Additional trainings will be sent out periodically.
- LifeWorks requires all Mentors to complete a Live Scan background check to ensure there is no serious criminal activity or other offenses that make you a risk to our organization or our youth.
- Once you are trained and cleared, you are eligible to be a group mentor, be matched one-on-one with a youth, or you can do both! When a Mentee joins our program who we think would be a good match for you we will contact you to set up a meeting. LifeWorks staff is present to introduce you for the first meeting.
- CFC: Contact-Feedback-Closure:
- C: After the initial match you will begin to meet with your mentee monthly to spend quality time and set boundaries and expectations while assisting with a LifePlan.
- F: The Mentoring Coordinator will communicate monthly to gauge the relationship, track progress, and determine if both the Mentor and Mentee are growing and feeling empowered from this experience. This is a time to ask questions, get referrals and ideas, solve problems, and discuss anything that is on your mind.
- C: At the end of the 12 months of the program the Mentoring Coordinator will contact the Mentor and Mentee to discuss the previous year and whether you would like to continue the Mentoring Relationship.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Mentoring Program
Q: What if I can’t make the training, is that okay?
A: To become a mentor, you must attend the 8-hour training. No exceptions.
Q: Where do the youth come from?
A: Our youth come from all over Los Angeles County.
Q: How do I know my mentee really wants a mentor?
A: Your mentee has signed up for a mentor on their own.
Q: What type of activities can I do with my youth?
A: Whatever activities hold interest for both of you. Some activities include theatre, sports games, museums, LifeWorks activities and more.
Q: If I have to miss a meeting with my mentee, will I be kicked out of the program?
A: No, but it is important to model the behavior you expect from your mentee, as well as communicate with your mentee. If you plan to be away for longer than a week, please communicate that to the Mentoring Coordinator as well.
Q: What if my mentee tells me something that is troubling, what do I do?
A: You must contact the Mentoring Coordinator as soon as possible. Exact procedures are covered in training.
Q: What if my mentee and I aren’t getting along, do we have to stay matched?
A: No. Matches are based on mutual compatibility. You can be re-matched with another mentee if the situation warrants.