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 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 and the End of Quarter Show. During the eight-week Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters, the mentoring schedule is:
Two days a week (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday) from 4:30pm - 7:00pm + End of Quarter Show
Our Summer Quarter and Partner Program mentoring needs 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.
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.