Social Services

Mentors for Courage - Exciting Opportunity!!

The volunteer mentor program helps our mothers to stay grounded and focus on developing their attitude, goals and expectations. Our dedicated mentors will provide emotional support, friendship, and inspiration.
Oct 03, 2017
5 Hours
30 Needed
Volunteers Who Stepped Up
  • April Wise
  • Samantha Vargas
  • Shronda Alexander Carey
  • Tiffany Gray
  • Vakeidria Hendry

More Details

The Heart of Courage Mentoring Program helps to empower mothers to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential and stabilize their environment for their family. The mentoring program uses volunteers to commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to mothers in jeopardy of losing custody of their child or have already lost custody for a period of at least one year. By becoming part of Heart of Courage’s volunteer support network of adults and community members who care about these women, the mentor can help them develop and reach positive academic, career, and personal goals.

Mentor Role

  • Take the lead in supporting our mothers through an ongoing, one-to-one relationship
  • Serve as a positive role model and friend
  • Build the relationship by planning and participating in activities together
  • Strive for mutual respect
  • Build self-esteem and motivation
  • Help set goals and work toward accomplishing them


Time Commitment

  • Make a one-year commitment
  • Spend a minimum of eight hours per month one-to-one with a mentee
  • Communicate with the mentee weekly
  • Attend an initial two-hour training session and additional in-service training sessions twice during each year of participation in the program
  • Attend optional mentor/mentee group events, mentor support groups, and program recognition events

Participation Requirements

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Reside in Dallas/Fort Worth metro area
  • Be interested in working with women
  • Be willing to adhere to all program policies and procedures
  • Be willing to complete the application and screening process
  • Be dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments
  • Attend mentor training sessions as prescribed
  • Be willing to communicate regularly with program staff, submit activity information, and take constructive feedback regarding mentoring activities
  • Have access to an automobile, auto insurance, and a good driving record
  • Have a clean criminal history
  • No use of illicit drugs
  • No use of alcohol or controlled substances in an inappropriate manner

Desirable Qualities

  • Willing listener
  • Encouraging and supportive
  • Patient and flexible
  • Tolerant and respectful of individual differences


  • Personal fulfillment through contribution to the community and individuals
  • Satisfaction in helping someone mature, progress, and achieve goals
  • Training sessions and group activities
  • Participation in a mentor support group
  • Mileage and expenses are tax deductible
  • Personal ongoing support, supervision to help the match succeed
  • Mentee/mentor group activities, complimentary tickets to community events, participant recognition events

Application and Screening Process

  • Written application
  • Driving record check
  • Criminal history check: state, child abuse and neglect registry, sexual offender registry
  • Personal interview
  • Provide two personal references
  • Attend mentor training

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