"Let’s Do Lunch"
Mentor Volunteer Description
A Let’s Do Lunch (LDL) Senior Partner meets with his/her matched Junior Partner for approximately one hour a week during the school day, usually at lunch. As this program is site-based, mentor pairs may only meet on school grounds and/or WCP sponsored events. The initial commitment is for the current school year which may be renewed annually thereafter. We encourage mentors to stay with their mentees for a minimum of 12 months, since research shows that mentoring partnerships lasting six months or less can actually be more harmful than helpful to youth in need of a reliable friendship.
A LDL Mentor demonstrates positive, healthy life choices in a caring, respectful manner. Through consistency and active listening, the mentor builds trust and stability.
WCP strongly encourages all LDL Mentors to maintain close contact with its staff about any challenges, questions or other issues regarding mentoring in general or their Partnership specifically.
Let’s Do Lunch Mentor Commitments
- A promise to be consistent, to follow through as a caring friend, and to make weekly time available for match visits.
- A promise to be flexible, and to work with the school and LDL Program Coordinator to bend to fit changing situations with patience and understanding.
- A promise to listen closely to the words of your Mentee while creating a safe place for sharing in your time together.
- A promise to respect your Mentee while helping him/her explore his/her own beliefs even if they are different from your own.
- A promise to be clear and direct when presenting choices and to include your Mentee in the shared privilege and responsibility of making decisions.
- A promise to be accountable for all your own actions, to be proud of your accomplishments, and, when necessary, to admit your mistakes.
- A promise to praise and encourage your Mentee while you help him/her set his/her goals.
- A promise to help your Mentee feel safe and secure when he/she is with you.
- A promise to ask for help when you need it.
- A promise to only meet on school grounds or supervised All Partner Events and never to transport the Mentee in any circumstance.
II. Resources for LDL Mentors
WCP hopes to ensure the success of each mentoring Partnership by providing a multitude of resources and support to all LDL Mentors. These include the following:
- Regular Communication with the Program Coordinator and staff. The Program Coordinator maintains consistent communication with all LDL Mentors through a combination of phone, e-mail and written contact and is also available for in-person meetings.
- WCP also sponsors special trainings/workshops through the year specifically oriented to issues relevant to youth mentoring. These sessions are free of charge and held at different venues throughout WCP’s catchment area.
- WCP hosts All-Partner events at no cost. While not mandatory, the All-Partner events provide a great opportunity for sharing experiences with other Mentors and Mentees.
- WCP works closely with the guidance counselors at each of the schools to form a team that will support the match.
III. Respect of Confidentiality
All information given to you by WCP regarding your Mentee and his/her family is confidential and should not be shared with others. It is important to be respectful of your Mentee’s privacy and to establish a trusting Partnership.
Mentees are encouraged to share information freely with their LDL Mentors. However, if a Mentee tells you of any current situation that jeopardizes his/her safety, you must notify the Program Coordinator at once.
IV. Non-Discrimination Policy
With the exception of a geographically defined service area and minimum age requirements, WCP’s mentoring program strictly adheres to its non-discrimination policy. The organization does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, physical disability, or veteran status. Rather, the organization welcomes all staff, Board, other volunteer, and youth referral applications and seeks to create matches that harmonize the backgrounds and interests of our LDL Mentors and Mentees.
LDL Mentor volunteers must have a desire to spend fun-filled and care-free time with children in need of a special friend and must be fully committed to the needs of his/her Mentee and youth mentoring in general. In addition, the following are required in order for our program to create and sustain lasting relationships:
- All LDL Mentors must be 18 years of age or older.
- Interested volunteers must complete the entire application process which includes the written application; three references; and state, national sex offender and FBI criminal background checks.
- LDL Mentors must be available to meet for approximately one hour per week, when school is in session, with his/her Mentee for an initial commitment of the rest of the school year. If you are unable to meet on your regular day, you must inform your mentee, and the Program Coordinator.
- LDL Mentors must at all times exemplify positive, healthy lifestyles to their Mentees.