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, working on-on-one with youth ages 17-24 who are making the journey to self-sufficiency and independence through one of our transitional living programs.

For more information contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Holly Payne: 907-339-4261 or volunteer@covenanthouseak.org.


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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

Steps to Become a Mentor


  1. Application: Complete the electronic application here.
  2. Interview: Scheduled interview with staff to discuss your background, interests, expectations, and role as a mentor.
  3. References: We will contact all three of your listed references.
  4. Background Checks: You will complete a State of Alaska fingerprint background check and Covenant House International background check. You will receive the forms required for the background checks after your interview.
  5. Orientation and Training: Mentors will complete online orientation modules (6 hours) and a 1 1/2 hour in person orientation to learn policies and procedures of the agency as well as how to serve this population. Ongoing training will be offered regularly. In addition, mentors will complete an annual online Child Protection Training (1 hour).
  6. Mentor/Mentee Match: After completing the above steps, mentors are introduced to youth in the program. It may take time for a match to occur. Please be patient as we want each match to be successful.

    Volunteer Spotlight: Rights of Passage Mentor, Ginger Kane July 9, 2020 - “I’ve always enjoyed working with kids. I used to coach girls’ soccer teams, so being able to give feedback in a helpful and useful way is something I felt confident in. It was a good fit for me at that time in my life. So I applied to become a mentor and began spending one day a week at ROP.” Continue Reading