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Frequently Asked Questions: Mentoring

Learn more about our Mentoring program before you join as a volunteer or mentoring client. 

Who is eligible to become a mentor?

Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, complete an interview and criminal background check, as well as attend a training session. 

What makes a great mentor?

Ideal candidates are great listeners, non-judgmental, resourceful, and have a generous heart. They are reliable and trustworthy. 

What do mentoring pairs do and where do they meet?

Initially, the match meeting is done at Bergen Volunteers' office. Subsequent meetings between a mentor and mentee occur out in the community. We offer suggestions (and encourage) free or low-cost activities. Examples include biking, hiking, going to the library, and going out for ice cream. 

How do I become a mentor? 

Complete the Community Programs Volunteer Application. Once reviewed, a staff member will reach out to you. 

Who is eligible to become a mentee (mentoring client)?

The program is open to the public. Anyone who needs extra support within our age framework (8-18 years old) is eligible. We also partner with community agencies to match their clients with our Mentoring volunteers.

Caregivers (parents, guardians, foster parents, grandparents, people caring for a senior) may also apply for the Mentoring program.

My agency is interested in partnering with the Mentoring Program. How do I begin the process?

Please email Lisa Tredici at ltredici@bergenvolunteers.org to request information about becoming a partner agency. Please note that agencies pay a $500 one-time fee for each referral accepted into the program. 

How do I become a mentee?

Complete the Mentee Application. Once reviewed, a staff member will reach out to you.

How long is the time commitment?

Once matched, volunteers enrolled in our Youth Mentoring program are expected to meet twice per month for 2-3 over 12 months. At the end of the year, mentors and mentees have the option to renew their mentoring commitment. 

The time commitment for short-term Senior Mentoring is 30 minutes per week, with monthly commitments.

Are meetings in-person or virtual?

Youth Mentoring meetings are in person. Short-term Senior Mentoring is via telephone. 

Are volunteers compensated for their time?

We do not provide compensation for time. We may provide reimbursement for an activity that directly supports a mentee's goals. You must obtain prior approval from the program manager.

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