Become A Mentor

What Is Mentoring

Mentoring is a one-to-one relationship over a prolonged period of time between a youth and an adult who provides consistent support, guidance and concrete help as the younger person may go through a difficult, challenging situation or period in life. The goal of mentoring is to help youth gain the skills and confidence to be responsible for their own future. This includes an increasing emphasis on academic and occupational skills.

OYCP Mentor Eligibility Requirements

  • Be over the age of 21
  • Be of the same gender as the applicant
  • Be able to communicate in English
  • Be willing to make a 14 month commitment
  • Be within a reasonable distance to the applicant to facilitate Post Residential contact
  • Not be a person living in the applicant’s household
  • Not be an immediate family member (mother, father, step parent, legal guardian, or sibling to include step, half, full, or adopted)
  • Be willing to submit and pass a background check and interview
  • Be willing to complete online training (Primary Mentor Only)
  • Be willing to complete a one time onsite training in Bend (Primary Mentor Only)
  • Be willing to have (in your hometown after OYCP graduation) 4 contacts, 4 hours of contact or a combination of both every month with the applicant for 12 months
  • Be willing to submit an electronic placement and contact report monthly

OYCP Mentor Disqualifications

  • Any history of reports, charges, arrest, or conviction for any form of domestic violence
  • Any history of arrest or conviction for a sex offense
  • Any felony conviction within the last five years
  • Any history of DUI/DUII within the last five years
  • Any alcohol, drug, or substance abuse within the last five years
  • Any discovery of falsely provided information

OYCP Mentoring Process

Applicants must have two mentors (Primary & Secondary) in order to apply for the program. The applicant is given an application that includes a Primary Mentor Application and a Secondary Mentor Application. The applicant self selects his/her Primary and Secondary Mentor during the application process.

After the applicant is accepted into the program, assigned Mentor Coordinators begin the the process of screening the Primary Mentors to insure they meet the basic eligibility requirements. The screening process consists of a background check and an interview by the Mentor Coordinators.  Accepted Primary Mentors are given further instructions on the required online and on-site training.

The Secondary Mentor serves as a back-up for the Primary Mentor. Once the Primary Mentor has passed their background check, interview, and has matched with their applicant the Secondary Mentor is relieved from their duties.  In the event that the Primary Mentor is disqualified or cannot perform their duties, the assigned Case Manager will coordinate with the Secondary Mentor to assume the role as the Primary Mentor.  The Case Manager will provide the Secondary Mentor with specific instructions on how to proceed.

OYCP Mentoring Questions

If you or someone you know would like to become an OYCP Mentor or have program questions, please call or email Frank Tallman at 541-317-9623 ext. 225 Franklin.J.Tallman@mil.state.or.us