BECOME A MENTOR
Mentoring is a critical component in young people’s lives, helping them make the decisions and connections that lead to opportunity. Americans are overwhelmingly crossing racial, economic,
and other bridges to mentor young people outside their families.
WPAL offers numerous volunteer and internship opportunities working with youth. Volunteers are required to fill out an application and visit the WPAL office for an interview and orientation. Volunteers are also required to undergo a background check.
The programs of WPAL would not be possible without the help of our fantastic volunteers.
Become a part of WPAL and choose to volunteer today and make a difference in our communities and in the lives of children. KIDS, COPS & COMMUNITY.
Frequently asked questions
Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Yet one in three young people will grow up without this critical asset.
What makes a good Mentor?
A sincere desire to be involved with a young person
Respect for young people
Active listening skills
Ability to see solutions and opportunities
What is the process to become a Mentor?
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What are the benefits of Mentoring?
Achieve personal growth and learn more about themselves
Improve their self-esteem and feel they are making a difference
Gain a better understanding of other cultures and develop a greater appreciation for diversity
Feel more productive and have a better attitude at work
Enhance their relationships with their own children