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Empower the Youth: Volunteer

For many of our teens and young adults, they've focused on survival. Few have had positive adults in their lives. Few have ever had a role model.

You can change that.

When you volunteer through our mentoring program, you'll help shape the future for youth in our community. We need your commitment. Our youth and young adults need your guidance, your friendship.

We'll help you find activities that help build relationships and encourage your mentee to strive to reach his or her top potential. We'll support the mentoring relationship. You'll make the difference.

It starts with an application. Simply sign up to join our Children's Home Society of Florida online "family" and, within 72 hours, you'll have access to members-only info and forms - including the volunteer application.

After you submit your application online through our secure system, we'll invite you in for an interview and begin background screening.

You'll then attend a 4- to 6-hour orientation session and receive training on:

  • Expectations
  • Confidentiality
  • Mandated reporting
  • Behaviors
  • Systems

Then, the real fun begins when you're matched with the agency within the Mentoring Initiative of Southwest Florida Collaborative that best aligns with your volunteer goals and passions.

Questions? Contact Bobbie Escalante at Bobbie.Escalante@chsfl.org.

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