A Letter from the Coordinator – April 2020
We are actively seeking caring adults for a variety of mentoring roles.
Mentors can play a key role in a child’s life. Evidence shows us that quality mentoring relationships have lasting positive effects on young people’s self-esteem, academic and career success.
Ways to Mentor
An adult or teen over age 16 commits to spending at least one hour per week with a child, for a year. Mentors are positive role models who offer support and friendship to youth in our community. To learn more about what it takes to become a one-on-one mentor, please see our Mentor Role Description.
An adult or teen offers scheduled, one-on-one tutoring to a young person during our after-school program, or comes in to help students during our 4:30-5pm homework club.
Following Best Practices, Ensuring Positive Impact
The quality of a mentor program’s practices are a critical factor in achieving positive outcomes for youth. For this reason, The Funhouse is committed to following quality best practices, set forth by the National Mentoring Alliance, and its affiliate, Mentor Washington. We have been a Dedicated Partner of Mentor Washington since 2014. The Funhouse Commons achieved Dedicated level through a rigorous evaluation and innovation process. It includes ongoing consultation from Mentor Washington to develop and implement a continuous improvement plan.
Our Mentor program includes a careful screening process and initial training for all mentors, as well as ongoing education opportunities for mentors throughout the year. Additionally, we take great care in setting up potential matches, taking into consideration the many complex factors which impact relationship success. Our mentor coordinator works closely with mentors, mentees and mentee families throughout their match, to support their growth.
Prior to being matched, mentors must complete an application, share two personal references, consent to a state and federal background check, interview with the Funhouse Mentor Coordinator, and attend a 2-hour training.
If you’re interested in becoming a one-on-one or group mentor, or would like to tutor at The Funhouse Commons, please fill out the form below. Thanks for your interest!