mentors

OUR SUPPORTIVE AND INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY PROVIDES A SENSE OF BELONGING AND SAFETY FOR YOUTH FROM A VARIETY OF BACKGROUNDS, FOSTERING POSITIVE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN UNDERSERVED YOUTH AND ADULT TEACHERS AND MENTORS WHILE PROVIDING INDIVIDUALIZED ATTENTION AND SUPPORT. 

Be an adult volunteer mentor!

Our volunteer mentors help us to serve over 300 youth every year—they are vital to making a positive impact in the lives of youth! 

We intentionally keep our classes small to facilitate student-adult interaction and relationship-building, allowing us to create a healthy, positive environment. Each class is limited to 10-13 students with one teaching artist and 1-3 volunteer adult mentors.  

We place volunteer adult mentors in each of our classes to assist teaching artists and to build positive relationships with youth. Mentors commit between 40 and 50 hours of their time each eight-week quarter, participating in all classes as well as our End of Quarter Show. Our Partner Program and summer schedules vary.

We are seeking mentors who have experience working with underserved youth and in a field of photography, and are willing to learn and implement our youth development strategies for building a positive community.


Application

Once we receive your completed mentor application, you will be contacted to schedule an interview to learn more about our youth development mission and program and our mentor needs.

As an equal opportunity employer, Youth in Focus is committed to a diverse, multi-cultural work environment. Youth in Focus does not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability or sexual orientation. People of color are encouraged to apply.

Mentors must be at least 21 years old to volunteer.

BACKGROUND CHECK

Please download, complete, and email this form to yif@youthinfocus.org. This is a required component of the application. 

Note: We do not process background checks until after the interview has been completed.

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  "Over the course of nine weeks, I was able to forge a connection with each and every one of my students. On this two-way street, I provided students with a sense of community, value, and respect and helped them express themselves through photography. In return, they taught me to be patient, appreciate diversity, and respect young adults' opinion.    Frances H., Youth in Focus mentor

"Over the course of nine weeks, I was able to forge a connection with each and every one of my students. On this two-way street, I provided students with a sense of community, value, and respect and helped them express themselves through photography. In return, they taught me to be patient, appreciate diversity, and respect young adults' opinion.

Frances H., Youth in Focus mentor

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