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Artist Mentoring Program

The Artists Mentoring Program runs throughout the school year as a training program for potential mural interns. Artists in residence participate in the mentoring program as positive role models for young emerging artists.  In partnership with Community Care Network, the After School Mentoring program offers individualized artistic training to at-risk youth in the greater Cleveland area.

Mentor Job Description

The Northeast Ohio Mentoring Center & Building Bridges Mural Program help to empower youth in our community to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential. The mentoring program uses adult volunteers to commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person for a period of nine months. By becoming part of the social network of adults and community members who care about the youth, the mentor can help youth develop and reach positive academic, career, and personal goals.

Mentor Role

  • Take the lead in supporting a young person 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 nine-month commitment
  • Spend a minimum one hour a week one-to-one with a mentee
  • Attend four hours of initial training and at least eight hours of ongoing training
  • Attend mentor/mentee group events, mentor support groups, and program recognition events, as sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Mentoring Network

Participation Requirements

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Be interested in working with young people
  • 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 a clean criminal history
  • Not use illicit drugs
  • Not use alcohol or controlled substances in an inappropriate manner
  • Not be currently in treatment for substance abuse and have a non-addictive period of at least five years
  • Not be currently in treatment for a mental disorder or hospitalized for such in the past three years

 Desirable Qualities

  • Willing listener
  • Encouraging and supportive
  • Patient and flexible
  • Tolerant and respectful of individual differences
  • Artistically focused and able to integrate your craft into the mentoring process.


  • Personal fulfillment through contribution to community and individual
  • 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 three personal references

Northeast Ohio Mentoring Center; Adapted from Gold Standard Mentoring Program, Policies & Procedures Template, Rev. 7/19/06; 12/19/07.