Mentor Criteria


Are you ready to be a GVP Mentor?

Mentors play a key role in the community of support that our alumnae need as they leave GVP and move towards high school graduation, college, and beyond. Becoming a mentor is an incredible act of service, but it is also an important responsibility. As such, the process to become a GVP mentor is one that requires several months of intentional engagement with our students and careful consideration. Our goal for the mentor program is to set our alumnae up for success by matching them with female role models who can support them academically after GVP, but also help them to navigate the educational and social pathways to high school and beyond.
  • Must be a woman and 21 years or older
  • A personal commitment to spend time with a mentee at least twice each month
  • Willingness to engage and empower mentees’ families
  • Patience, flexibility and openness - the ability to listen and to accept different points of view
  • Empathy
  • Cultural Competence
  • Respect for individuals and their abilities and right to make choices in life (GVP mentors empower alumnae by conveying a sense of respect and equal dignity in the relationship.)
  • Experience with refugee communities or diverse populations is desirable
  • Fulfill a 1 year minimum commitment
  • Meet with your mentee a minimum of 2 times per month
  • Assist students and their families with the technical aspects of achieving their educational goals, including assisting with school or college enrollment and obtaining necessary documentation
  • Track your mentee’s academic progress
  • Participate in mentor meetings and required trainings
  • Provide data for program evaluation, as instructed

How to Become a Mentor

Step 1: Complete a Mentor Application

Download our Mentor Application. Email the completed form to:

Michelle Kuperman, Mentor Program Director -
GVP's Community Engagement Manager -

References are required, preferably from people who can speak to your experience working with young people and/or diverse populations.

Step 2: Interview with our Mentor Coordinator

All interested mentors must interview with our Mentor Coordinator, Michelle Kuperman, to discuss the role. These meetings usually last 30-60 minutes and take place at GVP in downtown Decatur. Once you have submitted a mentor application, Michelle will follow up to schedule the interview.

Step 3: Sign up to Volunteer & Engage with Students

All interested mentors must volunteer at GVP and/or have regular contact with students before they will be considered as a potential mentor. Getting to know students is important in the mentor-mentee matching process, so we ask for student engagement for 2-3 months prior to matching. This includes following the steps that every individual volunteer must complete to serve at GVP: filling out the online Volunteer Application, attending New Volunteer Orientation, and submitting a background check and paperwork.

Fill out the Volunteer Application: View our Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals to identify the options that could work best for you and complete our online volunteer application.

Attend New Volunteer Orientation: All interested mentors must attend a volunteer orientation before they can begin volunteering with us. Volunteer orientation details our volunteer opportunities and clarifies policies and procedures that are relevant to volunteers. Orientations usually last one hour and take place at GVP in downtown Decatur. You must RSVP to attend. View upcoming orientation dates and RSVP.

Submit Volunteer Paperwork: All interested volunteers must undergo a background check before they can begin volunteering with us. You will receive our background check form and fill it out during orientation. Optionally, you can print if off before orientation and bring it to your facilitator. Because of Mentors’ roles outside of the school with students, mentors of students and alumnae under the age of 18 will be required to undergo more in-depth background checks in addition to those required for other Volunteers. Mentors will be asked to make a donation to cover the cost of a more thorough Nationwide Criminal History Record Check for service.

You will also be required to complete our Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability Form, a Confidentiality Form, and sign for a Volunteer, Intern, and Mentor Handbook. All these required documents will be available at orientation.

Step 4: Matching Process

Mentor-mentee matching is a mutual process of getting to know each other and connecting organically. This is a large part of why volunteering for a few months before becoming a mentor is so important! Our Mentor Coordinator and Community Engagement Manager start matching students with mentors when they are in Form 3 or Form 2, in the hopes that you will both have time to get to know each other and participate in events while your mentee is still a student at GVP.