- 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
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.
- 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
To make a referral for youth in need of mentoring, please fill out the referral form and return it to LUK Central Referral.
There are no fees or income limits for families to participate in this program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.