Become a Mentor.
Inspire. Encourage. Support.
What is a My Brother’s Keeper Mentor?
A mentor is a trusted adult friend with a long-term, consistent commitment to provide guidance and support to a youth. At the most basic level, a mentor’s role is to help a young person understand that they are valued by their community and possess their own unique gifts and purpose. At the deepest level, mentors stand by and guide youth when they are affected by challenges and conflict in their development.
No Special Skills Required.
A desire to help a young person reach his potential is all it takes! Mentors must be age 30 or older (we will make an exception for our peer-monitoring program) and should own or have regular access to a vehicle. We ask mentors to keep their commitments, role model positive behaviors, remain genuine and be yourself!
Commitment of a My Brother’s Keeper Mentor
Ideally, the relationship will last a life-time; however we ask that you willingly commit a minimum of 9 months. During that time, you will share at least four hours per month, that’s two hours every other week, with your mentee. Mentors are also expected to call, text or email between sessions. You will also need to log the time that you spend with your mentee and we encourage you to share both successes, as well as challenges that may arise.
How it Works
After an application and screening process, you will participate in a Mentor training and orientation session that will cover all you need to know to become a MBK Mentor. The next step is the match, which will be made based upon both the mentee and your interests and characteristics. Once you’ve been matched, we are committed to supporting you every step of the way. Regular trainings, scheduled outings and a full range of suggested activities will be provided on a regular basis.
About My Brother’s Keeper – Michigan
The Michigan Community Service Commission awarded YDC the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) – Michigan grant to support innovative approaches to continue to make progress for all youth, including boys and young men of color. Mentoring is a central component of this initiative, which will also aims to ensure that our youth:
- graduate from high school
- complete post-secondary education or training
- out of school are employed
- remain safe from violent crime
If you are interested in becoming a mentor of a student in Detroit for the My Brother’s Keeper Mentor Project, please fill out the form below and someone will respond to you to continue the registration process.