Group Mentoring Mentor Frequently Asked Questions
Once I have submitted my application what are the next steps?
After submitting your application we will contact you by telephone and schedule a time to conduct an interview at your residence. If the interview is successful and you appear to be a good fit for our program we will provide you paperwork to get fingerprinted. After the fingerprints have cleared we request a copy of your DMV printout and current automobile policy. Then you’re DONE!
How do I get a copy of my DMV driving record?
If you have access to the internet you can pay a $2.00 fee and print it out at:http://www.dmv.ca.gov/online/dr/welcome.htm?lang=en or you can get a copy from any DMV office.
What if I have little to no experience with “at-risk” teens?
TeenWorks offers a mandatory “New Mentor Orientation Training” before you are matched with a youth. We seek to offer your support and encouragement throughout your entire mentoring experience.
What role does a “TeenWorks Group Mentoring Mentor” play?
A mentor is designed to provide support, direction, and encouragement. Simply put, an adult friend who can come alongside a teen or group of teens and give them the hope they never had. You will be working with other Group Mentoring Mentors.
When does Group Mentoring meet?
Group Mentoring meets Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30pm throughout the school year.
What are the objectives of group mentoring?
Prepare students for a lifelong walk with Christ
To provide a safe environment in which youth can learn, grow, and develop, and build social skills
Help students mature in a Christian worldview
Help students develop a stronger sense of community and belonging
Are there any other time commitment requirements I should know about?
TeenWorks requires a minimum of a one year commitment. The only other time commitment is attending a training workshop twice a year that consists of approximately 1.5 hours of training per session.
I have a criminal history dating back several years ago. Will that disqualify me from becoming a mentor?
Not necessarily. Know that if you do have a history of arrest(s) and/or convictions, we take care to look at each person individually based on various factors and make a determination.
I have a DUI on my record and want to know if that will disqualify me from becoming a mentor?
If you have a current driver’s license, automobile insurance, and are not currently on probation we look at each case individually.
I have my own family that includes children and want to know if it is safe to invite my mentee over to my house or bring him/her on family activities?
As you build a relationship with your teen and get to know him/her it is very common to include them in your family life and also invite them over to your house. Although, this may not be the case for each youth in our program TeenWorks encourages our mentors to expose the teens to healthy families and marriages.