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VIP Mentoring Frequently Asked Questions

General:
What do I have to do to become a mentor?

What is the time commitment a mentor makes?
I don’t live in Wayne County; can I still become a mentor?
Where do the children live?
Can I select an area in Wayne County I want the child to reside?
After I apply, how long does it take to be matched with a child?
Where is the VIP Mentoring office located?
If I become a mentor is there an opportunity for employment with VIP?

Paperwork:
Is there a lot of paperwork and forms for me to fill out?
Does VIP complete a background check on Mentor applicants?

Training:
How often is mentor Orientation & Training offered?
How long is mentor training?
What is VIP mentor Orientation & Training?
Can I attend Orientation & Training before I commit to becoming a mentor?

About the Children:
Where does VIP get the children to be mentored?
How old are the children?
What is the gender of the children?
Where do the children live?

During the Match:
What will the child and I do together?
Does VIP offer activities to the mentor & child?
Who pays for activities, gas, etc.?

End of Match:
What happens after the 12-month match is over?

About Being A Mentor:
 
Q. What do I have to do to become a mentor?

A. Four easy steps: 1. Attend the VIP mentor training session of your choice. 2) Complete an application and background check forms. 3) Complete a staff interview at the VIP office. 4) Meet the child to whom you will be matched and their caregiver.

 
Q. What is the time commitment a mentor makes?

A. Mentors matched in our traditional Community-Based matches commit to meeting with their mentee for a minimum of two hours a week for a twelve month period. Mentors matched in Community-Based Location-Specific matches commit to meeting with their mentee for one hour per week for a twelve month period.

 
Q. I don’t live in Wayne County; can I still become a mentor?

A. Yes, many VIP mentors live in counties outside Wayne

Q. Where do the children live?

A. Many of our currently matched children reside in Wayne County but there are some in other counties such as Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw.
 
Q. If I’m interested in Wayne County, Can I select an area in Wayne County I want the child to reside in?

A. Yes that is a possibility. Most people choose a mentee who lives in close proximity to where they live or work. Some flexibility within the selected geographic area may be requested in order to avoid a long wait time for our mentors and/or mentees.

 
Q. After I apply, how long does it take to be matched with a child?

A. If all of the paperwork is completed and returned at the close of your orientation/training session and there are no prohibitive restrictions relating to the child’s residency, an individual could be matched in as little as four weeks; however it often takes a few weeks longer if reference letters are not returned to VIP immediately. You can help move the process forward by contacting all of your references in advance and encouraging them to forward the information to the VIP Office as soon as they receive the request for information.
 
Q. Where is the VIP Mentoring office located?

A.  In April 2013 VIP moved its office operations to a high school on Detroit’s East Side.  The mailing address is PO Box 24468, Detroit MI 48224.
 
Q. If I become a mentor is there an opportunity for employment with VIP?

A. These 2 areas are unrelated. Generally, becoming a mentor wouldn’t affect a hiring possibility one way or the other.

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About Paperwork:
 
Q. Is there a lot of paperwork and forms for me to fill out?

A. A mentor initially completes a short application which includes a Pre-interview Questionnaire.
 
Q. I don’t live in Wayne County; can I still become a mentor?

A. Yes, many VIP mentors live in counties outside Wayne.
 
Q. Does VIP complete a background check on Mentor applicants?

A. Yes all perspective mentors will be screened and a local, state and national check will be conducted.

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About Orientation & Training:
 
Q. How often is mentor Orientation & Training offered?

A. The schedule for training is based on demand.  Most persons who are interested in attending are accommodated within 2-3 weeks of their request.
 
Q. How long is mentor Orientation & Training?

A. Training lasts between 2 ½ and 3 hours.
 
Q. What is VIP mentor Orientation & Training?

A. Orientation & Training is conducted as two parts in one session. Part one, or orientation, gives the mentor an overview of the program, its goal and the mechanics of how it works. Part two of the session, or training, prepares the mentor to interact effectively with the mentee and parent/guardian. Both parts must be completed before becoming a mentor.
 
Q. Can I attend Orientation & Training before I commit to becoming a mentor?

A. Yes, no commitment to mentor is necessary to attend. After training, each potential mentor is given the opportunity to move forward in the program, if it is appropriate for them.

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About the Children:
 
Q. Where does VIP get the children to be mentored?

A. Referrals are made from community agencies, juvenile court, school personnel, churches, police and parents/ guardians. Some youth are referred to VIP Mentoring not because they have broken a law, but because they are having difficulty adjusting to a major change in their lives.
 
Q. How old are the children?

A. VIP matches children 7 – 12 years of age.  Some exceptions are made especially if a child has been previously matched in the VIP program.
 
Q. What is the gender of the children?

A. VIP matches both boys and girls?
 
Q. Where do the children live?

A. Most of the children reside in Wayne County.

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During the Match:
 
Q. What will the child and I do together?

A. Mentors arrange a time and pick up their child at the child’s home. Activities are pre-planned by the mentor. VIP has many suggestions for activities and a VIP Match Specialist can assist you in choosing age appropriate activates.
 
Q. Does VIP offer activities to the mentor & child?

A. Most of the weekly activities are planned by the mentor.  However VIP does on occasion host events that mentors and mentees can attend.
 
Q. Who pays for activities, gas, etc.?

A. VIP planned activities are usually paid for by corporate donors, however, the normal weekly activities are paid for by the mentor. Mileage to and from these activities are generally tax deductible.

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About the End of Match:
 
Q. What happens after the 12-month match is over?

A. The 12 month commitment will go by very quickly. At that time you and your match will be guided by the Match Specialist assigned to your match in an evaluation and planning process. Many of our matches ask to continue in the program.  The Match Specialist can extend the match for an additional year. Others Mentors will complete the twelve month program and they will be guided by their through a closure procedure by their Match Specialist This process helps to insure a positive and successful experience for both the Mentor and Mentee. Match Specialists will assist you every step of the way.

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