Mentoring Application And On boarding Process

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1. Application Process

Fill out a mentor application. (Please note: This application is for new mentors only.) If you are an existing mentor please do not renew/update your application from this link. Existing mentors, please use the invitation link sent via email. If you require a link, please contact Mindy Medalen (Program Director) at New mentors, Click here to complete an application.


2. Complete SafeVisitor Backgroung Check

A SafeVisitor background check will be required for anyone who visits any school in the HSE School District. 

Background checks are good for three years at any school in the district.  These background checks will cost $15.95. (Please note: This process could take 3 to 6 business days.)  Follow this link to get your Safe Visitor Badge:


3. Complete Mentor Training

YMI  equips all new mentors with training to walk through the key aspects of the program, what is expected of you and what to anticipate during the mentorship experience.

Mentors learn how to use the Developmental Assets as a guide to share life experiences to model and teach the valuable assets young people need. Other topics covered in training are social-emotional competencies, trauma informed care, suicide prevention, growth mindset and tools for creating authentic relationships with mentees that allow improved outcomes. 

We also provide training materials that will help your communication and provide a foundation for a healthy and productive dialogue with the student.

Please CLICK HERE to register for a mentor training session.

4. Site Orientation

Your YMI Campus Coordinator will go over a brief orientation with you when you arrive the first time at the school in which your mentee attends. During the site orientation the following may occur:

  • You will have the opportunity to meet with your YMI Campus Coordinator as well as the school personnel you will be dealing with when visiting your mentee.
  • You will learn the proper check in procedure when visiting your mentee.
  • You will have a meet and greet with your mentee.


5. Weekly One on One Meeting

You will meet with your mentee one on one in his/her school for 30-60 minutes (depending on the grade level). Meeting days and times will be set according to the mentees class schedule

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

Mentor FAQs

The only prerequisites, really, are life experience and a background check. Here are some questions you may have about becoming a mentor and a simple answer to help you feel empowered and fully capable of impacting a life, simply by sharing yours.

What is the commitment of a YMI Mentor?

Mentor and Mentee matches run for the HSE school year. However, some of our great matches have lasted for several years, some times all the way thru graduation and beyond.

Mentors and mentees meet weekly from 30-60 minutes in the mentee’s school during the school day.

YMI mentors make the commitment to attend training sessions provided by YMI. These YMI training sessions will equip our mentors for his/her mentoring roll(s).

YMI mentors are YMI ambassadors in their community.

I have never worked with kids before. Am I still qualified?

Yes. Any caring adult who desires to see teens succeed and reach their full potential and possess the 5 YMI Mentor Characteristics is qualified to become a YMI mentor.

Would I mentor one on one?

Yes, however some of our school programs are designed for mentors to meet with students in a small group setting.

How are mentors matched with mentees?

Mentors and mentees fill out a Life and Interest Inventory. Similar life experiences, hobbies, and personal character traits are used to match a mentor with a student.

Will I be matched with students of the opposite sex?

Adults who mentor at the Intermediate and Junior High level have the option of mentoring a student of the opposite sex. Mentoring at the High School level is gender specific.