Be a Mentor

What does it take to be a big?

It doesn't take any special skills or education to mentor in our community-based or school-based programs, just a desire to help a child succeed. It is about developing a friendship and empowering a child. It will be one of the most fulfilling things you do, and you will be a force for change in our community.

We match based on three primary factors:

  • COMMON INTERESTS: We spend time getting to know volunteers and kids to make a good match and lasting friendship. Do you both like sports, music or reading? We look for things you have in common so you will have a good basis to develop a friendship.

  • LOCATION: We know location is important! There are kids in every neighborhood who can benefit. We do our best to make connecting with your Little as convenient as possible.

  • BACKGROUND: To make the best match, we also take into account things such as preferences, personalities and cultural background. We work hard to make a match that is compatible so your friendship will grow and last.


Program Options

Community-Based MENTORING

This Program serves children in your community.  You will be matched with a child between the ages of 6 and 15. It is a one year commitment that includes weekly communication and spending approximately 4 hours a month with the child to provide mentoring and doing fun, positive activities.

Step One - Apply!
Click the button below to complete an application form.

Step Two - Interview & Background Check
Volunteers are interviewed to determine personalities, preferences and interests. We also:

  • Conduct a background check

  • Conduct a BMV check
    (not required for school-based volunteers)

  • Contact your references

  • Provide free training

  • Have professional staff guide you step-by-step

Step Three - Get Matched & Connected
Once you are accepted you will:

  • Meet your Program Coordinator

  • Meet your new Little and their parent/guardian with your Program Coordinator present

  • Continue to receive coaching, support & training throughout the entire relationship


Garfield Heights Mentoring Program (site-based and Community-based)

This site-based program meets weekly at Garfield Heights elementary schools, and reaches children in grades 2-5. Matches meet during the Little’s lunch period at his/her school, once a week, During the match's time together (30 minutes- 1 hour, depending on the site), they can eat lunch, do homework, play board games or just hang out. The adult and youth in the Lunch Buddies program do not have contact outside of the school environment. Please contact Ashley Pickett at Ashley.Pickett@wementoryouth.org for more information.


Richmond heights riseup

Rise Up is a 21st Century Community Learning Center after-school program for 7th-12th grade students living in Richmond Heights. This grant funded program provides students with tutoring and homework help from certified teachers and enrichment through student clubs. Student clubs include artistic, athletic, and technology-based activities for all enrolled students. Students also receive dinner and transportation home after programming.   Interested in volunteering to work with students in this after-school program? Please contact Jessica Walters at jessica.walters@wementoryouth.org for more information.


Mound Mentoring Program (site-based)

This Program serves children in grades 4 – 8. All children are students at Mound Elementary School and generally live around the area. Mentoring sessions take place weekly, and are structured, typically lasting 2 hours. This program is open to students at Case Western Reserve University. For exact days and times, please contact Robyn Haynes-Henry at Robyn.Haynes-Henry@wementoryouth.org for more information.