At RED, we value the element of human support and positive role models to nurture and inspire change in the lives of the kids in our program. Dedicated and compassionate mentors are the heart of RED. RED mentors come from diverse backgrounds and use the wisdom and compassion from their life experiences to guide RED kids through the program, curriculum, and personal challenges they face along the journey of rehabilitation. If you are interested in becoming a RED mentor and changing the life of one of our participants, we ask that you fill out the form below. If you have any questions please contact us and we will do our best to provide the answers you need.
“Our children’s minds are like precious gardens ripe for growth. Therefore, we must only allow the very best of seeds to be planted in their mental soil.”
RED Mentor Coordinator – ZEUS LUBY
We’re seeking passionate, patient individuals who have the resilience to lovingly manage the characteristics and varying levels of resistance traditionally seen in our mentees. Our mentors are vital to the success of our participants and we want candidates that understand the weight of their role.
Our next program begins in January 2022 in Gwinnett County.
Submission Due Date- September 28th, 2021
We are excited to learn more about you! Please take a moment to review the next steps listed below. You will view information about our program, qualities we are looking for in a mentor, and what to expect after you submit your application. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, but you are unable to join the Gwinnett cohort, please still submit your application and notate “Unable to join Gwinnett.”
A few things you need to know:
- Gwinnett County Program Schedule: January 2022 – December 2022
- Most of our participants reside in Gwinnett County; physical distance is definitely a component as your mentee may need unscheduled support
- Here is a link to give you a brief overview of our program.
- This is a 12 month commitment
- Weekly- (Phone calls; Bi-weekly face-to-face meetings)
- Monthly- In person classroom sessions located at the Gwinnett Justice Center
- Training will take place 1 month before the program start date (likely before Thanksgiving) and will last 2-3 hours via zoom
Mentor Qualities & Qualifications:
- Strong commitment to your word; it’s important to build trust with your mentee by doing what you say you are going to do
- Show up- Some participants have never had a consistent role model in their life. This is the time for that to change. Your consistent example of showing up for your mentee will directly impact their ability to succeed, in and out of our program
- Relatable- Your past is not a hindrance to becoming a mentor. We work to match mentors to mentees based on shared experiences. Overcoming negative decisions and demonstrating present success is exactly what we are looking for.
- Diverse Background- Everyone has something unique to offer. It is most important for a mentor to have patience, understanding, and compassion.
- Guidance- Our mentors guide the development of their mentee. They do not discipline or try to change them.
How to Submit Your Application:
After we receive your submission:
- Someone from the RED staff will reach out to you
- An interview will be scheduled with our Director of Programming and Mentorships
- Our team will meet to match our participants and mentors; someone will reach out to you to provide next steps
Here is a list of frequently asked questions you may be interested in:
Mentors are a VITAL part to our youth and young adults succeeding in our program and after they graduate. We value your desire to learn more and your willingness to dedicate your time. Creating successful mentorship programs in our communities is a key step in achieving social justice and stopping recidivism. Your involvement matters!