Through community mentoring, children from eight to fourteen years of age are matched with responsible adult volunteers (18 years of age and older). Volunteers are screened and trained to serve as constructive role models and consistent friends. Volunteer mentors and children agree to spend at least two hours a week for twelve months together, engaging in activities of mutual interest such as hiking, cooking, or playing basketball.
Children from all over Orange County are referred to the community mentoring program by many different people for many different reasons. Juvenile court counselors, school staff, mental health professionals, and parents all may refer children who could benefit from the time and attention of a caring adult.