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What Mentors Do

The RAMP™ model incorporates group, peer, and one-on-one mentoring to promote the successful transition of youth to employment, continued learning opportunities, and independent living. The mentoring program uses adult volunteers to commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a up to three to four young people for a period of at least one year. 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.

Become a Mentor

RAMP™ is implemented in local communities by a variety of local community-based organizations or local government agencies. To see if there is a RAMP™  program in your area and apply to be a mentor, contact a local RAMP™   site mentoring coordinator.

Role of the Mentor

  • Take the lead in supporting a young person through an ongoing, one-to-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

Time Commitment

  • Make a one-year commitment
  • Attend at least 2 weekly group meetings a month (group meetings are about 1 hour in length)
  • Attend a two-hour one-on-three mentor/mentee(s) session with matched mentee (1) once per quarter
  • Communicate with the mentee(s) weekly
  • Attend an initial training session, as well as at least one additional training session during each year of participation in the program
  • Attend optional mentor/mentee group events, mentor support groups, and program recognition events  

Desirable Qualities

  • Willing listener
  • Encouraging and supportive
  • Patient and flexible
  • Tolerant and respectful of individual differences

Benefits for Mentors

  • Personal fulfillment through contribution to community and individual
  • Satisfaction in helping someone mature, progress, and achieve goals
  • Deeper understanding of teen and societal problems
  • Improved interpersonal skills
  • Builds morale at work, develops management skills, and enhances the image of local companies
  • Training sessions and group activities
  • Participation in a mentor support group
  • Mileage and expenses are tax deductible
  • Personal ongoing support, supervision to help the match succeed
  • Mentee/mentor group activities, complimentary tickets to community events, participant recognition events

 Screening and Requirements

  • National Sex Offender Registry
  • State Background Check
  • Three References
  • Completion of Training
  • Additional Requirements May Vary by RAMP™   Site

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