Welcome to Mentors, Inc., mentors!

Mentoring is one of the best ways to support your community. By helping a young person succeed, you are creating a brighter future for all of us and will gain the satisfaction of knowing that you have made a difference in someone’s life. You will discover and rediscover parts of yourself that you didn’t know existed, learn how much you have to give, and have the satisfaction of knowing you are helping a teen on a path to a positive future. 

Mentor Checklist

1. Apply

  • Be at least 21 years old and have completed high school or the equivalent
  • Be employed, retired, or engaged in academic studies at an accredited institution
  • Be motivated and committed to participate in the mentoring relationship for at least one year
  • Be enthusiastic about making a difference in the life of a DC student
  • Complete an application and submit it
  • Submit two letters of reference using our reference form
  • Pass a criminal background check (fee involved, click here for background check options)

2. Interview

  • Schedule a one-on-one interview with our staff
  • Come to the Mentors, Inc. office for your interview

3. Attend Training

  • Sign up for the next monthly four-hour training
  • Participate fully in the training and ask questions to learn


What to Expect

You’ll agree to the mentoring program rules:

  • Communicate with your protégé weekly
    • Spend face-to-face time with your protégé at least 5-8 hours each month
    • Check in with staff monthly to share how the relationship is progressing
    • Participate in enrichment activities, social events, and academic planning with your protégé
    • Help your protégé graduate from high school!

After thorough screening, orientation and training are complete, we will match you with a student based on your professional and career interests, personalities, and preferences, and invite you to a match party with other new pairs to meet your new protégé for the first time!  The mentor, student and parent or guardian are invited to meet in a group setting where they will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one, talk about goals and expectations, and schedule their first get-together.  As a mentor in our program, you will have other resources to help you get the most out of the experience, and help your protégé do the same.

  • In-Service Trainings:  Ongoing training is offered quarterly throughout the year on topics chosen from monthly supervision call feedback from mentors. These trainings also present an opportunity for mentors to share their mentoring experiences and lessons with each other.
  • Social Outings:  You and your protégé design your own activities together, but we also host a few throughout the year.  Most are free!
    • Event Tickets:  We receive donated tickets for Wizards games, Wolf Trap, and other surprises.  Be on the lookout for email alerts for these first come-first served opportunities.
    • Graduation Party: Each year we host a May Graduation Celebration for graduating seniors. Mentors and non-graduating protégés are also invited to the party to celebrate and anticipate the upcoming milestone for their own lives.

When you’re ready, contact or 202-495-3762, to find out if we are recruiting at this time, and how you can get started.  Complete your MENTOR APPLICATION and REFERENCE FORM online and submit.  (Note: If you are not able to access these forms in Firefox, please try accessing from Chrome.  You can not save the online application, but you can print a copy before submitting.)