VM 4 - Screening and Selection of Mentors
Mentor applicants are screened prior to selection to determine their suitability and to safeguard and promote the well being of service recipients.
The mentor screening process includes:
related ASE 6.03
Interpretation: The screening process is to be completed before an applicant serves children, youth, or dependant adults in any capacity. An organization’s procedures should clearly detail what qualities and qualifications it is seeking in its volunteers and what characteristics would disqualify a prospective mentor from participating in the program.
Note: If mentors have opportunities to transport service recipients, the organization should also review their driving records, as referenced in ASE 6.03.
A prospective mentor’s availability is assessed to determine if s/he will have sufficient time to establish and maintain a mentoring relationship.
Interpretation: The organization should clearly communicate expectations regarding: (1) how frequently mentors and service recipients will meet, and (2) the minimum length of time mentors need to commit to the program. Although expectations can vary based on program type and model, many programs ask mentors to meet with service recipients at least one hour per week, or for several hours once or twice a month, for at least a year.
Note: See Research Note to VM 7.02.
The organization assesses whether the applicant’s personal qualities will facilitate the development of a trust-based relationship centered on the service recipient.
Note: See Research Note to VM 7.01.
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