Become A Mentor or Volunteer

Make an impact in your community

“Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.”

– Michelle Obama

WHY Mentor?

Did you know just one caring adult invested in a young person’s life can make a huge impact on their ability to thrive for a lifetime? Perhaps that one caring adult could be you!

Mentors Like YOU

  • Prioritize the safety and well-being of youth.

  • Create a safe, supportive, and fun environment for youth to thrive.

  • Make meaningful and authentic connections with youth on a weekly basis.

  • Ask questions and listen to help youth communicate their interests, needs and goals.

  • Encourage youth to explore their interests and support their skill development.

  • Are open, honest, non-judgmental, and willing to share interests, skills and experiences.

  • Model safe, healthy, positive attitudes and behaviors.

Mentoring Benefits YOU, Too

  • Receive training and professional development on diverse topics to enhance both your professional and personal growth.

  • Attain satisfaction from helping youth explore interests, develop skills and thrive.

  • Establish meaningful, safe, and positive relationships with your mentees.

  • Expand your personal and professional network.

Help Us Prioritize the SAFETY and WELLBEING of Youth

  • Be 19 years or older.

  • Pass all required safety and background checks and screenings (including pre-screening application, interview, reference checks and assessment).

  • Reference a positive employment record.

  • Follow all organizational safety policies and procedures regarding appropriate youth contact.


  • Attend a no less than one RISE Academy group coaching sessions a month.

  • Attend “continuing education” mentor trainings.


A volunteer is an individual who helps with RISE Academy’s administration and related tasks. As an example, parents of regular attendees or individuals who do not wish to mentor students can organize and manage events. They can also update social media, design flyers, etc. All volunteers will still need to fill out the application and get a background check. 

Become A Mentor or Volunteer

“Mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships. Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more and communicate better with them.”

– The Role of Risk, 2013

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