Why might my child(ren) need a Mentor?

  • Young people need the support of caring adults in order to be successful
  • Sometimes youth need someone outside their family to share their thoughts with
  • Mentors can introduce your child to new interests and experiences that will help him/her grow and gain self-confidence

Who are the Mentors?

LUK Mentors are at least 18 years and older who come from diverse backgrounds. They live, work, or attend college within Worcester County. They are people who will be good role models for a young person. Mentors do not need special degrees or job skills. All Mentors attend training provided by LUK Mentoring before being matched with their Mentee. All volunteers are check for background information to make sure they are the best match for the youth. 

Who are the Mentees?

 

  • Youth between the ages of 6-17
  • Youth may be involved in Foster Care
  • Youth that will benefit from having a positive adult role model
  • Live in our service area (see map under "About Us"
  • Youth must want to participate in the Mentoring Program

How do I enroll a child for mentoring?

To make a referral for youth in need of mentoring, please fill out the referral form and return it to LUK Central Referral.
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Fax: 978-829-2250

   document Participant Referral Form for Mentoring (67 KB)

Mentoring staff can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or dial 800-579-0000 and ask for Mentoring.

How much does Mentoring cost?

There are no fees or income limits for families to participate in this program. 

What kind of background checks do Mentors go through?

Background checks include providing references from people who know them well and conducting a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI), and Sexual Offender Registry Information (SORI) records check. 

When and where can I see my Mentor?

Our program is community-based, which means your Mentor picks you up at home and plans activities in the community. You and your Mentor can decide on what activities you would like to do, with caregiver approval. The times you meet are mutually agreed upon by the Mentor, Mentee, and parent/guardian, all depending on everyone's schedule. 

 

 

What types of activities do Mentors and Mentees do together?

Our matches do a variety of activities together depending on their interests. Typical activities include going to the library, taking a walk in the park, playing a sport, helping with a school project or homework, cooking or baking, hiking, going to a local college sporting event, playing a board game together, and just talking. We encourage matches to spend time doing things that cost little to no money. 

What kind of support do Matches receive after the match?

Once you are matched, you are assigned a Mentoring Specialist who will provide guidance throughout the match. During the first two months of the match, the Mentor and Mentee/Guardian are contacted on a weekly basis, and then bi-monthly, to see how things are going. The Mentoring Specialist can help with tips on how to handle situations, activity ideas, and give feedback on how the Match is going. 

How is Mentoring adapting to COVID-19?

Like all of you, Mentoring has been working to adapt to the LUK, local, state, and federal guidelines for minimizing the risk of spreading COVID-19. At this time, Matches are highly encouraged to continue to meet virtually and continue to utilize technology that is available. For matches meeting in-person, Parent/Guardian approval is required.