General Information

  • Volunteer Opportunities / Responsibilities: A Mentor with the Mentors Inc. program is a caring, responsible, adult volunteer who serves as a trusted friend and guide to a student from one of Washington D.C.’s traditional or charter public high schools. S/he helps to ensure that the student develops important academic and life skills, is exposed to new opportunities and a wide array of resources, makes positive life choices, stays in school, and graduates with a plan for pursuing post-secondary education.

    Essential Function/Responsibilities

    The Mentor’s Responsibility to Protégé

    Every volunteer mentor must:
     Be able to commit to spending at least one year in a relationship with a student.
     Spend (5) five hours to (8) eight face-to-face hours a month engaged in a mutually agreed-upon activity with their protégés.
     Communicate with their protégés weekly—by telephone or email—to keep in touch about what is going on in their lives.
     Honor, all commitments made to the protégé and Mentors, Inc.
     Be respectful of the protégé’s time, opinions, and decision-making.
     Serve as a positive role model by modeling desirable behaviors—e.g. patience, tolerance, and reflective listening.
     Be comfortable and able to establish appropriate boundaries with the protégé and his or her family.
     Be encouraging and supportive of the protégé.
     Help the protégé develop a milestone plan for completing high school and going on to college or work.
  • Types of Volunteers Needed: individual/adult; adult groups of less than 5; Other
  • Hours Needed: evenings during the week; daytime on the weekend; business hours during the week; Other