Mentorship Process

The Colorado Teen Project maintains the following rules and requirements in the process of becoming a mentor. The application, screening, matching, and training process can take up to a month and sometimes longer to complete. This ensures the well being and safety of our clients and volunteers.

1. Application

The first step is completing the written application. Both the mentee (youth) and mentor will be asked to complete applications. Information such as interests, hobbies, availability, preferences, etc. are asked to assist in the matching process.

2. Interview

After your application is received and reviewed, potential mentors will be asked to participate in an interview with one or more staff members from The Colorado Teen Project.

3. Background Checks

In order to ensure the safety of our youth, background checks are essential.  Background checks include checking a potential mentor’s criminal background history, references, the sex offender registry and the child abuse registry, as well as FBI background checks through Verified Volunteers.  All information obtained from you will remain confidential (e.g., your social security number will not be shared).

4. Orientation and Training

Once the interview and background checks are complete, and the potential mentor has been accepted into the program, we will begin the process of matching you with a youth.  During this process, the program will provide each mentor and mentee with training and support.  

Trained staff and/or volunteers from the program will conduct these sessions, which are held prior to the match.  The orientation will outline the program and include information to clarify expectations, time commitment, and program benefits or rewards to all those involved.  

The program training for mentors will include one 2-3 hour group orientation followed up by an online 3 hour mentor training.  The training will offer more in-depth information on issues such as program policies and rules, roles and responsibilities, relationship building, age-appropriate activities, problem-solving skills, etc.

5. Matching Process and First Meeting

The Colorado Teen Project has our own criteria for creating matches, but we seek to create long-lasting, compatible relationships between the mentor and mentee.  We pair mentors and mentees based on information such as common interests, hobbies, backgrounds, gender, availability, preferences, life experiences, temperament, etc.  

This information is obtained from both the mentor and mentee during the application and interview process.  Once the mentor has been successfully matched with a youth, and the orientation process is complete, we will arrange for the mentor and youth to meet.  

Generally, our staff will facilitate this meeting and help matches begin their relationships in a positive manner and to reduce anxiety for both the mentor and mentee.  We will have ongoing kickoff dinners and group events for new matches. 

6. Ongoing Support

As you start meeting with your mentee on a regular basis, you may have questions or come across issues that need attention. The Colorado Teen Project provides ongoing communication between program staff, mentors, and mentees to ensure that the match is going well and address any issues you may have.  In addition, we will seek to support and recognize mentors in various ways, including recognition or appreciation activities, ongoing support, information on community activities and social gatherings. 

Staff from The Colorado Teen Project will be available to address any concerns or questions you may have along the way.  Are you ready to become a mentor?  Great!  Let’s get started!