Mentor Volunteers

A mentor is a caring adult who provide extra support and encouragement, a helping hand or a listening ear. They are someone who can challenge a youth to be their best selves, and who believes in them as they work to achieve their goals. A mentor helps by being available.

So many of the young adults served by Covenant House Alaska have not experienced adults who are reliable or who genuinely care about their progress. Being a mentor is a highly rewarding endeavor. You’ll provide guidance and serve as a positive role model for at-risk youth ages 17-24 who are making the journey to self-sufficiency and independence.

Mentors work one-on-one with young adults as part of our transitional living programs.

Mentor Requirements:

  • Must be at least 28 years old
  • Must be able to pass a background check
  • Able to maintain a 2 year commitment
  • Able to meet twice a month, person-to-person, with weekly communications
  • Attend monthly mentor activities
  • Understand consistency and availability are crucial
  • Work with youth to develop independent living skills

To get started, complete our Mentor Application. The application process includes an interview, references, background checks, trainings and orientation. For more information contact our Volunteer Specialist, Holly Payne, at 907-339-4261 or

LaShell: A Transformation Story August 20, 2019 - LaShell Traylor has been volunteering at Covenant House Alaska for two years. She is currently the lead underwriter at Umialik Insurance Company of Anchorage, but 28 years ago, she was a youth at Covenant House Alaska. She shared her compelling transformation story with us and now we want to share it with you. Her story is one example of the struggles that youth in Alaska continue to face and it reinforces the reasons why we do… Continue Reading