Mentoring is just one way to support our program
Whether you’ve got a few hours to spend each week, a few dollars to donate, or a few minutes to spare, It Starts With You appreciates your support.
It Starts With You is an adult mentorship program that helps participants build on the momentum of their success by helping them identify and achieve their next goal.
The success of our program depends on great people like you. As a grassroots organization committed to mentoring other adults in our own communities, we’re eager to hear from qualified applicants with an interest in volunteering.
It Starts With You is a nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Your donations go toward our investment in the mentees and communities we serve.
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In you are interested in becoming a mentor, resource, or volunteer, please fill out the form below.
Share your motivation
The success of our program depends on great people like you. As a grassroots organization committed to mentoring recent GED graduates in our own communities, it is important for us to be clear and committed to our vision, purpose, and values. In order for us to do that, we need the same level of clarity and commitment from our mentors. That’s why it’s so important for you to identify your own reasons for wanting to give back. Only you can decide why — and only you can channel that motivation into the life-changing actions and attitudes you’ll bring to your mentee and the program.
Show your commitment
To ensure the we are representing our core value of an “unconditional willingness to help,” our mentors are held to the highest standard. We believe a good alignment between our program and our mentors will foster a culture of achievement — where everyone gives 100 percent, and then some. Prospective mentors must be 21 years of age or older with a high school diploma or equivalent, and must be willing to make a minimum weekly commitment of three hours. Below are the steps to joining our vision:
- Complete a Mentor application here.
- Complete an in-person interview.
- Complete Mentor Orientation and Training.
Shape a stronger future
It Starts With You is focused exclusively on the mentorship of GED graduates — a group with tremendous potential, but frequently without the tools to continue building on their successes. Our communities offer a wealth of valuable resources, yet the people who need them most may not even know they exist. We are taking on the challenge of connecting our program with the resources to best serve those in the areas of education, careers, finances, personal & family life, and community involvement. With your guidance, our mentees will utilize SMART goals — goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely — towards achieving their vision of success. Your presence in their life is focused on creating an atmosphere of comfort, communication, and consistency. We are changing the world from the inside out — and It Starts With You.
· Age 21 or older
· High school diploma or equivalent
· Willingness to volunteer for a minimum of three hours each week
· Complete the It Starts With You interview process
· Complete mentor orientation and training prior to being assigned a mentee
· Document all meetings
· Provide feedback on mentee progress and program efficacy as requested
· Maintain accountability as outlined by SMART goals and action plans
· Preserve confidentiality, using private information only for those purposes expressly related to our mentees
· Undergo periodic performance reviews to support continuous improvement