What do Senior Partners say about being a mentor?
“Hanging out with Aaron* reminds me what it is like to be young. It makes me happy!”
“Carly* is a great girl. She is amazingly creative and mature and has taught me patience and the true importance of caring for others.”
“My Junior Partner is a blast to be around; we laugh a lot! Being a Senior Partner is so fulfilling as ‘giving back’ is an imperative aspect to life and happiness for me.”
“I like spending time with my partner because I know it is helping us both grow and because we participate in activities I would generally not do on my own.”
*Names have been changed for privacy reasons.
Become a Senior Partner
Believe in the power of mentoring – be a Senior Partner! You’ll be a role model for a youth in need of positive guidance, support and fun. Being a Senior Partner is fun, flexible and rewarding! The best part of being a mentor is that you’ll get as much out of the experience as your Junior Partner will. PRC provides all types of support, training and activities to help make these partnerships successful.
How do I become a Senior Partner?
- New Senior Partners have two options to begin the application process.
- Option 1. Call the Partners office to schedule an orientation meeting with a staff member. At this time the PRC staff member will review the Senior Partner Handbook, application, and all release forms with the applicant. Applicant will then complete application and release forms and return them to Partners.
- Option 2. Applicants may also print the application materials. After completing the application and forms, please call the Partners office to schedule a time to drop off and review your completed application packet with a staff member.
- Meet with PRC staff member for a one-on-one interview.
- Attend a mandatory Senior Partner Training.
- Schedule a time for a PRC staff member to visit your home.
- Once the above is complete, matches will be made by the Case Manager based upon common interests, personality compatibility, and personal histories.
- Partners in Routt County maintains a thorough screening process including a background check, drivers record check, and letters of reference. This process may take up to 3 months to complete. We ask that applicants be patient while we process applications. Feel free to call our office at 970-879-6141 with any questions.
Senior Partners are expected to help teach key life skills by example (healthy eating, exercising, conflict resolution, setting and attaining goals, etc.). The role of a Senior Partner is to provide support, counsel, friendship, reinforcement, and a constructive example.
- Spend a few hours a week or 12 hours per month with your Junior Partner for one year.
- Don’t be under the influence of any drugs, alcohol or tobacco when you are with your Junior Partner.
- Exercise safety precautions (seat belts worn, awareness of medical conditions your Junior Partner may have, carry emergency phone numbers, refrain from participating in risky activities, etc.)
- Spend time in your Junior Partner’s home and invite him/her to your home.
- Attend a function at his/her school and/or meet his/her teachers or others involved in his/her life.
- Participate in two Group Recreational Activities (GRAs) a year.
- Participate in one Life Skills Activities (LSAs) a year.
- Attend one Senior Partner Only Workshop a year (topic-specific discussions).
- Participate in one community service project a year.
- Call the Case Manager to report any concerns.
Contact Clarice for more information