The mentor commitment is 2-3 hours per week, hours flexible, meeting with your mentee, for the minimum of 1 year. This time will span the offender’s incarceration and release. Probationer matches are also a minimum of 1 year.
As a mentor you are also asked, if possible, to attend court hearings, and to be available at critical times, such as the day of release. Your support is invaluable to mentee success at these destabilizing junctures. If you are unavailable at any particular time another staff member will fill in.
There are a number of FOCUS guidelines which are in place for your security, regarding personal involvement with offenders. You will be asked to sign an agreement to abide by these once a match is made.
Focus carries insurance on all mentors for their volunteer activities time, including auto insurance. You will be asked to fill out an insurance form, and provide a copy of your driver’s license and personal car insurance.