To develop friendships through shared activities and offer guidance, support and encouragement.

Role & Traits

  • 21 years or older
  • Patient and unassuming
  • Able to encourage and affirm youth
  • Able to establish good boundaries, understand their role and adapt to change
  • Dependable, consistent, mature and understands the importance of making a difference in the life of a youth
  • Demonstrated an interest in the Warrenville community through residency, church or business


  • Attend trainings and meetings
  • Arrive on time and call ahead if you will not be able to make a session
  • Call to reschedule missed sessions
  • Establish a committed, caring, one-on-one mentoring relationship with a student
  • Be a role-model
  • Remember that you are a mandated reporter
  • Be able to support substance abuse prevention messages
  • Follow and enforce OCM rules, policies and procedures (provided in the Volunteer Handbook)
  • Communicate out of program meetings
  • Commit to at least one hour per week for at least nine months or one school year, maintaining a minimum of 80% attendance


The mentor and youth meet on site under the guidance of WYFS staff for 1½ to 2 hours each week. In addition, they participate in a monthly group activity with other mentors and their matches. Scheduling may vary during the summer.

Getting Started

All mentors are required to complete the OCM Application and Screening procedures before being matched with a student. This includes:

  • Complete the Volunteer Application, including three references
  • Interview with OCM Director of Volunteer Services
  • Interview with Link Mentoring Program Coordinator
  • Complete a fingerprinting and background check
  • Complete the Approved Drivers Application and maintain automobile insurance