Want to go beyond volunteering at Lawrence Hall? Consider becoming a mentor, where you commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to one of our youth for a period of at least one year. By becoming part of the network of adults and community members who care about the young mentee, mentors can help youth develop and reach positive academic, career, and personal goals.

Mentors are needed for both our Main Campus (Lincoln Square/Albany Park) and South Shore locations.

Role of the Mentor
  • Serve as a positive role model and friend
  • Build the relationship by planning and participating in group activities with other mentor-mentee pairs
  • Be a non-judgmental listener and strive for mutual respect
  • Build self-esteem and motivation through patient encouragement
  • Help set goals and work toward accomplishing them
Time Commitment
  • Make a year-long commitment
  • Meet with youth mentee at least one hour per week
  • Communicate with the volunteer coordinator, case manager, and program staff at least bi-weekly
  • Attend an initial in-person training session
  • Attend optional mentor/mentee group events, mentor support groups, and program recognition events
Participation Requirements
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have no history of child abuse or neglect
  • Be interested in working with young people
  • Be willing to adhere to all program policies and procedures
  • Be willing to complete the application, background check, and fingerprint process
  • Be dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments
  • Attend mentor training session
  • Be willing to communicate regularly with program staff, submit volunteer time log, and take constructive feedback

For questions or to learn more, contact Francesca Valenziano.

Step One

Fill out our mentor application below

Step Two

Submit a background check and fingerprints

Step Three

Attend a placement interview

Step Four

Provide three personal references

Step Five

Attend mentor training

Step Six

All approved? Meet your youth mentee!


    Why do you want to work with youth?*


    What times are you available to volunteer? (Check All That Apply)*

    During LunchAfter SchoolAfter 5:00pmWeekendsRegular Business Hours

    How many hours per month are you willing to commit to volunteering?*


    Do you have any hobbies, special skills, or career knowledge?

    Do you have experience working with youth and/or youth in the juvenile justice system?

    Can you read or speak languages in addition to English?


    How would you react if a youth you were working with became aggressive?

    Do you have experience working with youth that identify as LGBTQ? If not, are you open to working with youth that identify as LGBTQ?

    Have you ever been convicted of a crime?*


    If yes, please explain:

    Do you object to our agency running a background check on you?*