Mentor Roles and Responsibilities

Amachi-Break the Cycle mentors are willing to commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a child for one hour a week for at least one year. As a mentor, you will help the young person make positive life choices that enable them to become positive contributing members of society. By becoming part of the social network of adults and community members who care about the youth the mentor can help youth develop and reach positive academic, career, and personal goals.

Mentor Role
·         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

Mentor Requirements
·         Be willing to mentor in the following counties: Sussex, Passaic, Morris, Warren, Hunterdon, Essex, Somerset, Middlesex, Mercer, Camden, Atlantic or Cumberland counties
·         Be interested in working with young people
·         Be willing to adhere to all program policies and procedures
·         Complete the application and screening process
·         Be dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments
·         Be willing to communicate regularly with program staff, submit activity information
·         Have access to reliable transportation or an automobile, auto insurance, and a good driving record
·         Have a clean criminal history
·         No use of illicit drugs
·         No use of alcohol or controlled substances in an inappropriate manner
·         Not in current treatment for substance abuse and have a non-addictive period of at least five years
Desirable Qualities
·         Willing listener
·         Encouraging and supportive
·         Patient and flexible
·         Tolerant and respectful of individual differences

Time Commitment
·         Make a one-year commitment
·         Spend a minimum of one hour per week one-on-one with a mentee
·         Communicate with the mentee weekly

Practical Benefits for Mentors 55 years or older
·         Mentors 55 years or older will be Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) enrollees
·         Free supplemental on-the-job Liability Insurance
·         Free supplemental on-the-job Accidental and Auto Liability Insurance
·         Mileage and expenses are tax deductible
·         Training sessions and group activities
·         Mentee/mentor group activities, complimentary tickets to community events, participant recognition events

Personal Benefits
·         A feeling of self-satisfaction in helping someone mature, progress, and achieve goals
·         Improved physical health from being actively engaged in positive acts of care and assistance
·         An opportunity to use your current skills and learn new skills
·         Personal fulfillment through contribution to community and individual
·         Personal ongoing support, supervision to help the match succeed

Application and Screening Process
·         Written application
·         Phone call to inquire
·         3 references
     Background check: local police, PSI, national child offender, and motor vehicle