Becoming a Mentor

Becoming a mentor does not require a special degree or set of skills.

All you need is a listening ear, a caring heart, and an open mind. Mentors are listeners first and foremost. Mentors offer friendship, guidance, acceptance and encouragement to young people.

To get started you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • complete our online application and background check*
  • commit to mentoring a minimum of one hour per week, during the school year
  • attend a mandatory 2-hour mentor orientation

*Griffin-Spalding County School system administers the required background check. The cost of the processing fee is $15 and the responsibility of the mentor volunteer.

Did you know...

Georgia's 4-year graduation rate is only 67.4%.

Youth in mentoring relationships that lasted more than 12 months felt more confident about completing their schoolwork, skipped school less often, had higher grades, and had a lower rate of drug/alcholol use.

Short-term relationships of 3-6 months typically show no significant improvement, and even briefer relationships will likely have a negative impact on the child.

By committing to this effort, WE can impact the future of our local students, one child at a time.

The following schools are currently participating in the mentor program:

  • Atkinson Elementary
  • AZ Kelsey Academy & Achievement
  • Cowan Road Elementary
  • Crescent Elementary
  • Futral Road Elementary
  • Griffin High
  • Jackson Road Elementary
  • Kennedy Road Middle
  • Moore Elementary
  • Moreland Road Elementary
  • Orrs Elementary
  • Rehoboth Road Middle
  • Spalding High

Click here for the online application. Additional instructions are available by clicking on "Show/Hide" under "Additional Information." In addition to completing the online application, you need to consent to a background check (form below) and attend a two-hour orientation training session (see dates listed under Schedule of Events). New mentor orientations are held monthly virtually or at a location to be announced. Additional trainings may be scheduled for groups of six or more. Contact the program coordinator for availability.