The minimum commitment for mentoring is two years and our hope is for a mentor to walk with a child for a lifetime, so it is important that we are thoughtful in our matches we make between a child and a volunteer who could potentially have a profound effect on the child’s life. Due to this, our potential mentor intake process is robust.
We want our mentors to be as ready and equipped as possible. Relationships are all unique and intricate, but our staff is here to support the mentors in the good times and the hard times. From the very beginning, we want mentors to be as informed as possible about relational ministry in West Dallas.
We request that all potential mentors be at least 21 years of age or older, an active member of a local church body and have no violent or drug and alcohol charges for a minimum of three years.
Complete online mentor application.
Complete online application (received in an email), and review and sign our child safety policies & procedures and child abuse policy.
Background check and references.
Mercy Street will conduct a background check and reach out to your references. Please inform them that they will be receiving an email from Mercy Street.
Interview with Mercy Street staff.
A mentor coordinator will contact you to schedule a 45 minute interview to get to know you. In this interview, applicants are screened to see if mentoring is a suitable fit for you and you may ask any questions you have.
Complete MinistrySafe training.
Mercy Street will email you a link to a one hour sexual abuse training video after completing your application. Immediately following the video, completed the simple online quiz.
Meet the child and their family.
This is when the match takes place! Your mentor coordinator will set up an initial meeting for you to meet your mentee and their parent/guardian at their home. At the match, you each will sign a covenant, get to know each other, and go over a handful of details to get you started on the right foot.