Examples: Mentors may be identified and recruited through partnerships with other community organizations, institutions, and businesses, or through general community outreach such as advertisements, flyers, and word-of-mouth.
Before serving clients in any capacity, prospective mentors undergo a screening process that includes:
a written application;
an in-person interview that includes an assessment of the applicant’s personal qualities and motivation for becoming a mentor; and
The screening process should be tailored to the needs and characteristics of target mentees. For example, the screening process should not disqualify prospective mentors if their backgrounds reflect the lived experiences that uniquely qualify them to the role, such as human trafficking victimization or substance use. For survivor mentoring programs utilizing mentors who are not survivors of human trafficking, additional consideration should be given to assessing mentor qualifications including, but not limited to: education, experience working with children, and commitment to maintaining the mentoring relationship regardless of the residential placement or location of the mentee.
Note:As addressed in CA-HR 2.03, the organization should also conduct criminal history record checks and child abuse registry checks as part of the screening process. If mentors have opportunities to transport mentees, the organization should also review their driving records, as referenced in CA-ASE 4.02.
To determine a prospective mentor’s suitability, the mentor screening process includes:
an assessment of whether the prospective mentor’s personal qualities will facilitate the development of a trust-based relationship centered on the mentee;
an assessment of whether the prospective mentor has the time and availability needed to establish and maintain a strong mentoring relationship; and
clear communication of time commitment expectations, including minimum frequency of visits and duration of service.
Examples: Although time commitment expectations may vary based on program type and model, many programs ask mentors to meet with mentees at least one hour per week, or for several hours once or twice a month, for at least a year.
Examples: Factors that may impact how many relationships an individual mentor should take on include: