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.

As our community continues to navigate COVID-19, we have policies in place to mitigate risk. All volunteers are required to wear face coverings while on-site, regardless of vaccination status. Weekly COVID-19 testing is required for unvaccinated individuals and encouraged for vaccinated individuals. Thanks for your understanding as we do our best to protect our community. 

For more information contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Holly Payne: 907-339-4261 or

Mentor Requirements

  • At least 28 years old
  • 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 that 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. Transportation Paperwork: In order for mentors to provide transportation for youth we must collect a driving record, copies of license, registration, and insurance, as well as some paperwork. Providing transportation is not a requirement of the program.
  7. 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.

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