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Mentor a Youth in DC Foster Care, BEST Kids Mentoring Program, Washington, District of Columbia

Organization: BEST Kids Mentoring Program
Contact Name: Ryan Gordon
Position Type: Local Volunteering (in person)
Address: 515 M St SE #215
Washington, District of Columbia  20003  
United States
Great For: Great for Seniors
Service Area(s): Teaching, Social Work, Social Services, Orphanage, Mentoring, Health and Medicine, Event Planning, Education, Directly Serving People, Computers / Technology, Children and Youth Ministry, Arts and Humanities
Hourly Commitment:
10.0 per: Month
Number of Positions:
Number of Volunteers in this
Position in the Past Year:
One-time / Ongoing Position: Ongoing Position


BEST Kids is looking for outstanding male and female volunteers to mentor children aged 6-21 in foster care. BEST Kids is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides mentoring to children in the District of Columbia's Child Welfare System. They have entered foster care because of a finding of abuse or neglect at home. Please read more about the youth we serve and the foster care crisis. Requirements to become a mentor: You must be 21 years old or older You must be in the DC area long enough to fulfill your 1 year commitment You must have access to a reliable vehicle; either you own a car or have a subscription to Zipcar, etc. You must have a clean driving record and clean criminal background record Responsibilities of being a Mentor: 1) Be a positive adult role model and commit to your mentoring relationship for at least one year. 2) See your mentee for ten hours a month, with some form of weekly contact with your mentee. Weekly contact can consist of face-to-face meetings, phone calls, emails, or postcards. However, the majority of those hours must be face-to-face. 3) Attend BEST Kids Peer Groups every 2nd Saturday of the month with your mentee. These are fun, free and organized specifically for the mentors and mentees in our four age appropriate groups. Each group meets together for an educational and enrichment opportunity. It is a great support network for the mentors and the youth are able to build friendships with other youth in similar life situations. Some of our recent Peer Groups include: Arts/Improv Workshops, Sporting Events, Museum Scavenger Hunts, Career Workshops, Kayaking on the Anacostia, etc. 4) Complete the background check and clearance process within 8 weeks. Please review our website for specifics on the clearance process: 5) Attend a match meeting with your mentee and the closure meeting when your commitment ends. 6) Complete a simple online monthly report about your mentoring relationship. BEST Kids Support: 1) Every mentor has a BEST Kids Mentor Coordinator ? a point person at BEST Kids to help guide and support your mentoring relationship. 2) In addition to our initial training process, BEST Kids also offers quarterly ongoing trainings from educational and health professionals. Additionally, BEST Kids maintains an internal mentoring program for veteran mentors to help new mentors grow. 3) BEST Kids sends out a weekly e-mail to mentors with free and cheap events taking place in the DMV! Mentors are often offered free tickets to events in the area to enjoy with their mentee. BEST Kids also provides resources in the community specifically for mentees. As a Mentor, you may become the only consistent, caring adult between their foster care placements. You'd be surprised at what a little time can do for a child in foster care. Not to mention what it can do for you! Please contact our Mentor Recruiter, Ryan Gordon at ryan@bestkids.org with any questions or concerns!
Initially Posted: 11/04/2016
Last Updated: 11/09/2017