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.
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 at least one year
- Onboarding process includes:
- Volunteer Orientation
- TB test
- Reference checks
- Mentor Interviews
- National Criminal Background check, DC Metropolitan Police check, FBI Fingerprinting, 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 50 total hours a month to their mentees.
Community of Hope mentors are matched with homeless and formerly homeless youth ages 8 to 18.
Rohan Chaudhary, Community of Hope mentor