There are many reasons why people want to mentor, including a strong belief in social justice and a generous heart to help others.
What do I need to become a Volunteer Mentor?
Mentors need to be female, over 18 years old and be able to commit to one hour, once a week for up to a year to connect with the mentee.
Mentors need to be respectful, non-judgemental, have good boundaries, work with other mentors and remain confidential.
Will I be trained and have a background check?
Volunteer female mentors will be selected through an application process and will include a National Security Clearance, reference checks and background experience. A full day training course with Jade Lewis & Friends Inc. will need to be completed before any mentor is matched with a female prisoner.
The final decision of mentor placements is made by the Board of Jade Lewis & Friends Inc.
What about other services in the prison?
The Step OUT Pre and Post Prison Release Mentoring Program is not a replacement or a diversion of current Department of Corrective Service arrangements such as parole officers, transitional managers etc. This is a structured mentoring program introducing another support network the female prisoners can access on their release.
email firstname.lastname@example.org or download the form on the right.