The Mentoring Program addresses the personal, educational and social needs of middle and high school students through one-on-one caring relationships with adult volunteers. Mentoring pairs work together to develop and achieve specific goals throughout the school year.

Apex for Youth provides workshops to help mentoring pairs achieve goals in three “C” areas: 1) Be ready for College 2) Become Confident 3) Give back to the Community. Apex also provides social and recreational group events that expose mentees to new experiences and foster a sense of community among pairs. These programs enable mentees to broaden their horizons, improve academically, build a more positive self-image, develop stronger interpersonal skills, and cultivate valuable friendships.

 

MENTOR (VOLUNTEER)

Roles of a Mentor

Mentors take on many roles, depending on their mentee’s age and needs. They help:

  •         Discover and develop mentee’s passions/interests
  •         Enhance mentee’s beliefs in his/her own potential and capacity for growth
  •         Advocate for mentee’s needs
  •         Explore new activities and communities
  •         Provide academic support


Mentor Qualifications
Mentors must be:

  •         Over the age of 21, college graduates preferred
  •         Available on Saturdays to meet mentee and attend Apex for Youth workshops
  •         Committed to making a difference in a young person’s life
  •         Open minded and willing to learn and grow
  •         Youth experience preferred (not required)


Mentor Application Process

  1. Submit an inquiry through this website and follow all directions.
  2. Once application is received,  Apex for Youth staff will schedule an interview with you.
  3. Attend mentor orientation (required);  it is generally offered once a month.
  4. Get fingerprinted with the Department of Education (required $30 fee).
  5. Once matched, attend formal introduction to mentee in Apex’s office or school site.
  6. Attend Apex for Youth workshops together.

***Note***: Volunteers typically wait an average of 2 months after the interview before being matched with a mentee (Steps 3-5).

Although we take volunteers on a rolling basis, interviews are generally scheduled during our main recruitment period, July– September.


Mentor Commitments

  1. Commit to at least one school year (September – June); pairs are encouraged to meet in the summer.
  2. Meet with your mentee 2x/month:
    1. Middle School Mentoring: On-site, two Saturday afternoons/month at school site in Chinatown
    2. High School Mentoring: On-site, workshops at least one Saturday afternoon/month at school site in Chinatown; Off-site, pairs meet on their own in the community
  3. Regularly check in with your mentee and program coordinator.
  4. Attend mandatory trainings (1x/semester) and year-end interview.
  5. Respond to email notifications and RSVP forms (mentors are expected to check mentee’s availability before all workshops and events).
  6. Consistent and proactive investment in your mentee.

 

MENTEE (STUDENT)


Mentee (Student) Qualifications

  • Any student grades 5-12 attending a school in NYC
  • Available on Saturdays to meet mentor and attend Apex workshops
  • Open-minded and willing to learn and grow


Mentee (Student) Application Process

  1. Submit an inquiry through this website and follow all directions.
  2. Once we receive your application,  Apex for Youth staff will schedule an interview with you.
  3. Once matched, attend formal introduction to mentor in Apex’s office or school site.
  4. Attend Apex for Youth workshops together.

***Note***: Mentees typically wait an average of 2 months after the interview before being matched with a mentor.

Although we take mentees on a rolling basis, interviews are generally scheduled during our main recruitment period, July– September.


Mentee (Student) Commitment

  1. Commit to at least one school year (September – June); pairs are encouraged to meet in the summer.
  2. Meet with your mentor 2x/month:
    1. Middle School Mentoring: On-site, two Saturdays/month at a school in Chinatown or Queens.
    2. High School Mentoring: On-site, workshops at least one Saturday/month at a school in Chinatown. Off-site, pairs meet on their own in the community.
  3. Regularly check in with your mentor and program coordinator.
  4. Attend year-end interview.

 

QUESTIONS? CONTACT:

Middle School Mentoring Program (國語工作人員)
Belinda Lin: Belinda.Lin@apexforyouth.org 

High School Mentoring Program
Jessica Song: Jessica.Song@apexforyouth.org