WHAT IS A MENTEE?
Our mentees are community youth between the ages of 7 and 21 that want to be a part of the Chaffee County Mentor program and spend time with a positive adult mentor. Mentees spend time with their mentor engaging in activities that can be fun and exciting or laid back and relaxing. Many of our mentor/mentee matches participate in activities from skiing to playing chess to rafting to making and eating dinner together.
WHO ARE OUR MENTEES?
Some mentees might live in a single parent home, whose parent works two or three jobs. This mentee could really use a mentor that can give them the extra time and positive attention they need. Other mentees have a special interest, such a snowboarding, that their parents can’t provide. In this case, the mentee would be matched with someone who shares this specific interest.
DO THE MENTORS RECEIVE A BACKGROUND CHECK?
Definitely! All mentors must pass a CBI, FBI, Department of Social Services and driving background check in order to become a mentor.
DOES MY CHILD QUALIFY?
If the youth wants to be part of the Chaffee County Mentors Program, they live in the community, are between the ages of 7 and 21 and the guardian or parent supports the youth involvement, then the youth will qualify.
WHAT IS THE LENGTH OF A MENTOR/MENTEE MATCH?
We ask that both the mentor and mentee commit to at least a year with the program. At that year time, we evaluate the relationship to see if both the mentor and mentee want to continue. We also ask that each match spends a minimum of 8 to 12 hours a month together.
WHAT FEES ARE INVOLVED?
The Chaffee County Mentor Program is free. Our monthly activities are also free. Sometimes we ask for mentees to bring a sack lunch for day activities. We also encourage matches to participate in free activities on their own time as well.
Know a local youth that could benefit from some mentoring help?