Friends for Youth
About Us: Friends for Youth (FFY) is a nonprofit organization that has been matching underserved youth with caring adult mentors since 1979. FFY offers both 1-to-1 Mentoring across the Peninsula for ages 8-17, and Group Mentoring for students in 8th-10th grades.
Role Description: Friends for Youth is seeking passionate mentors to support students in our Group Mentoring programs. Mentors create a fun, welcoming environment where students can build positive relationships on campus, share and develop interests, and have relevant life discussions. The group ratio is about 2 mentors to 4 students.
School Sites in Redwood City: 8th grade programs are held at Hoover Elementary School, Mckinley Institute of Technology (MIT) and Kennedy Middle School, and 9th and 10th grade programs are held at Sequoia High School. Sequoia High School and MIT are walkable from CalTrain.
- Volunteer as a Group Mentor for 1-2 hours per week.
- The mentoring program runs from October-June. FFY often accepts new volunteers in January for their students' second semester.
- High School Mentors- Participate in a mentoring session every other Monday (with 9th or 10th graders). Sessions are held each 50 minute period between 8:30am-2:30pm.
- Middle School Mentors- Participate in a mentoring sessions for 8th graders once every week on Wednesdays from 11:00am-12:00pm or 1:35pm-2:35pm or Fridays from 12:00pm-1:00pm.
- Arrive 10 minutes early to group sessions to prepare and stay 10 minutes afterward to debrief.
- Attend at least 1 field trip each semester.
- Inform FFY Program Coordinator about updates and any issues.
- (Optional) Create and facilitate activities for mentoring sessions.
- Volunteers must be at least 18 years old
- Complete the FFY mentor interview and application process
- Pass a DOJ and FBI Live Scan fingerprinting check through FFY and the school district
- Provide negative Tuberculosis (TB) test results from the last 4 years
- Attend a Mentor Training before starting to volunteer
- Have access to reliable transportation to and from school sites
- A desire to connect with youth facing adversity, academic disengagement and behavioral challenges
- Strong cultural competency and listening skills
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