A big part of mentoring is exposing a youth to new things – including activities that you already do in your everyday life. We ask that volunteers spend an average of 3 hours per week with the youth they are matched with. We encourage Senior Partners to simply include their Junior Partners in their lives by taking them to run errands, cooking dinner together, walking the dog, gardening, etc. You don't always have to engage in costly, time-consuming activities. By observing how you live your life a Junior Partner can learn a lot more than you think, especially if you are consistent.
As a volunteer, you also have a great deal of flexibility with regard to setting up activities with the youth and parent that fit your schedule.