How to Become a Mentor:
The Application Process
Congratulations on deciding to make a difference
in the life of a child!
Our application process is simpler than it appears at first, and is designed to ensure the safety of the children in our program by thoroughly screening our mentors, and also give you the training and information you need to get started on your mentoring journey! We'll walk you through it here, and you can call us at 963-1433, ext. 113 if you have any questions.
You can email, mail, or personally drop off your application and other forms to us. Our office is on 232 E. Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, on the third floor.
1. Attend an Orientation.
Orientation trainings last for one hour and provide an introduction to mentoring with our program. This will help you decide if mentoring with us is the right choice for you.
Orientations take place here at our office and can be scheduled for any time that works for you! Please email us if you are interested in scheduling an orientation.
2. Submit Your Application.
Download the Mentor Application Form, fill it out, and send it to us!
3. Download, read, and sign the following forms.
- Policies: Code of Conduct and Ethics Agreement, Drug and Alcohol Policy, Harassment Policy, and Mandated Reporting form.
- Mentor Contract: What you agree to as a mentor.
- Auto Insurance Minimum Liability Acknowledgment: This states that you will not drive your mentee in your car until you give us the necessary proof of auto insurance.
4. Complete a TB Test.
We require a copy of negative Tuberculosis test result from the last year. This is a standard requirement for people who work or volunteer with youth, especially on school campus. You can go to any clinic, doctor's office, or school health services to get your test. Typically is costs around $20, although it depends on your insurance.
If you have a positive result from the regular skin test you will be required to get a chest x-ray to make sure you do not have active TB before you will be able to mentor.
5. Complete a Live Scan fingerprinting background check.
Live Scans are done at the Santa Barbara Police Department from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, by appointment only. There is a $10 processing fee which can be paid by cash, debit or credit card (no checks). Please bring a photo ID and the Live Scan form with the top part filled out. After your Live Scan is completed they will give you 2 copies. You keep one and you give the other to the Mentor Program, although they will send us your results directly so you do not need to give us a copy.
6. Complete the required online mentoring training.
As a supplement to our in-person orientation, we ask that you complete an online course before you start mentoring. This trainings will help you feel prepared to mentor at the best of your ability. You will learn more about how mentoring works, how to communicate with and understand your mentee, and how to overcome common obstacles in mentoring relationships.
- Mentor Training- Mentoring 101 (required): 1 self-paced online training, about 30 minutes long.
- Mandated Reporting Training (recomended): 1 training, about 1-2 hours
7. Complete a personal interview.
This interview with a mentor program staff member takes 10-15 minutes and can be done in person or over the phone. The purpose is to get to know you better so that we can find a mentee that is just right for your interests, experience, and talents. To make an appointment, call 963-1433, ext. 113.
8. You’re now ready to be matched with your future mentee!!
We'll use the information in your application and interview to select several children that can best benefit from your unique support, and then you will get to read their files and choose your mentee!