Empower a young person to succeed by becoming a Community of Hope mentor!
Be a wise and trusted friend to a young person who has experienced homelessness.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Community of Hope!
Community of Hope’s mentoring program matches youth in our Permanent Supportive Housing program between the ages of 8 to 16 with compassionate,
committed, and responsible adult mentors.
As a mentor, you can…
- Help break the cycle of poverty.
- Create a vision for a lifetime of success.
- Provide exposure to different cultures and new experiences.
- Help mentees grow academically and socially.
- Become a role model, a coach, a friend.
- Make a lasting impact on your mentee’s life through fun and educational activities, academic support, and personal guidance!
Mentors make a minimum of a one-year commitment to have at least two get-togethers each month with their mentees. Mentoring pairs explore all the exciting things DC has to offer: museums, movies, historic sites, hikes, restaurants, and more!
Research (MENTOR, 2018) shows that one in three young people do not have an adult with whom they can call a mentor. That means they are less likely to enroll in college, volunteer in the community, or hold a leadership position. You can be that adult.
- Minimum Age: 21
- Education level: High School/GED
- Volunteer commitment: Pairs should meet at least 2x/month for a minimum of one year
- Onboarding process includes:
- Volunteer Orientation
- TB test
- Reference checks
- Mentor manual/program overview and interview
- National Criminal Background check, DC Metropolitan Police check, FBI fingerprint check, Child Protective Registry check, and Motor Vehicle Record check (if applicable)
Learn more about becoming a Community of Hope mentor and our eligibility criteria by checking out our FAQ page.
On average our mentors collectively devote 32.3 total hours a month to their mentees.
Community of Hope mentors are matched with children and youth who have experienced homelessness.
Rohan Chaudhary, Community of Hope mentor