- Be at least 21 years old.
- Reside in Los Angeles metro area.
- Be interested in working with young people.
- Willing listener.
- Encouraging and supportive.
- Patient and flexible.
- Tolerant and respectful of individual differences.
Second Chances Mentoring Program
Second Chances Mentoring Program (SCMP) builds long-lasting, caring relationships between youth and mentors, fostering each youth’s individual growth and potential. SCMP helps to empower youth in our community to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential.
The mentoring program requests that adult volunteers commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person for a period of at least one year. By becoming part of the social network of adults and community members who care about young people, the mentor can help youth develop and reach positive academic, career, and personal goals.
Along with our regular mentoring program, we also offer the following Specialized Mentoring Program: Mentoring Children of Prisoners (MCP) Mentoring Children of Prisoners supports the creation and maintenance of one-on-one mentoring relationships between children of incarcerated parents and caring, supportive adult volunteer mentors. It takes a special heart to mentor children with incarcerated parents. Mentors in the Mentoring Children of Prisoners (MCP) program receive additional training and support. Children with incarcerated parents face additional challenges related to community stigma, grief, single parent homes, and poverty.
To Give You an Idea of What It Takes to Be a Mentor:
- Take the lead in supporting a young person through an ongoing, one-on-one relationship.
- Serve as a positive role model and friend.
- Build the relationship by planning and participating in activities together.
- Strive for mutual respect.
- Build self-esteem and motivation.
- Help set goals and work toward accomplishing them.
- Make a one-year commitment.
- Spend a minimum of 8 hours per month one-on-one with a mentee.
- Communicate with the mentee weekly.
- Personal fulfillment through contribution to community and individual.
- Satisfaction in helping someone mature, progress, and achieve goals.
- Mentee/mentor group activities, complimentary tickets to community events, participant recognition events.
Be a difference maker!
You can be the one to show one of these children new and exciting experiences such as going to the park, joining a book club, cheering for them when they reach their academic and extracurricular goals, or just making dinner. Fill in the gap by being present, dependable and committed to helping these children flourish in the midst of their parent(s) incarceration. Come have fun and make a difference at the same time.
The vision of Second Chances Mentoring Program is to provide successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them, contributing to brighter futures, better schools, and stronger communities for all.
Interested in becoming a Volunteer in our Mentoring Program?