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Where do the mentors come from?

They are caring adults in the community who truly like kids and believe in the philosophy “It takes a village to raise a child.”  Bridges staff encourages adults to consider being mentors.  Their application process is thorough – applicants provide four references, and staff conduct a criminal background check, an extensive interview, and an orientation prior to being matched. Check out some of our mentors here to see what they get out of mentoring. 

Do I have a say in who my child is matched with?

Absolutely!  The parent always has the final approval.  You know your child best - and we give you the opportunity to meet and talk to the mentor prior to the match appointment.

What do I do to apply to get a mentor?

Contact the Bridges: Kinship Mentoring office at 326-4700 or go to the application online.  Both are fairly brief.  When we receive them back from you, we will set up a time to interview you and your child so that we have an opportunity to get to know you and have a good idea of the kind of person you’d like as a mentor for your child.