What does it take to be a mentor? It takes commitment, passion and fun. Mentoring at Youth in Focus can be an incredibly rewarding experience, and our programs truly could not happen without the commitment and talent of these very special volunteers. Mentors differ from other volunteer roles at YIF in that mentors get to play a support role directly with the youth we serve. It’s a big commitment, but one that our mentors say is totally worth it when you see the difference you’ve made in a young person’s life.
The full experience would be joining a YIF class twice a week from 3:30-6:30pm for a full 9-week quarter. Need a smaller commitment? Open Darkroom Mentors only serve once a week from 6:30-8:30. In addition to the time commitment, you need to have a strong and uncompromising commitment to being a positive, consistent presence in the lives of the young people we serve for a full nine weeks. No flakes.
This is your chance to share your excitement, experience and passion for photography with young burgeoning photographers who are curious and excited about the topic. If you never get tired of looking at and creating beautiful and/or powerful photography, then you’re in the right place.
In case you haven’t heard, hanging out with teenagers is a blast. During class and on field trips, you’ll become a part of the YIF community, laughing a lot and spending awesome quality time with both the students and the other folks in the YIF staff and mentor community.