Mentor Recruitment

 

What is a Plus One Mentor?

Plus One mentor is an adult volunteer who gives their time to build a meaningful relationship and share their experiences with a young person. Our mentors are positive models of perseverance, compassion and personal success. By creating an equal relationship with a young person, rather than a teacher-student dynamic, mentors foster cooperation, give advice and support in a more open environment. Being a Plusone mentor is a one-year commitment during which volunteers meet with youth for 2-3 hours a week, on average. You do not have to have a background in the field as full training will be provided, all we ask is that you can provide a safe space with a non-judgemental attitude.

How can I apply to become a mentor?

In order to become a Plus One mentor, you can complete the application form and participate in an informal interview with the Plus One team.

What happens after the interview stage?

If you are successful in becoming a volunteer mentor, we will conduct a reference check with the names you provided. At the beginning of the training you will be required to complete a child protection online learning form. You with also be required to go through the Garda Vetting procedure where you will be asked to provide photographic ID and proof of address.

What is the Plus One mentor training?

The training is designed to prepare you for the task of being a mentor, in particular for the youth that are referred to Plus One. Sessions are scheduled differently per session but are generally done in the evenings and on weekends. Trainings are organized throughout the year according to needs based on the pool of new mentors.

 

Who will I mentor?

You will be matched with a young person, aged 10-17, with whom you share similar interests, hobbies and other various commonalities. All mentors are given the opportunity to specify any preferences they might have regarding the young person.

How long does it take to get matched?

This varies and depends on a few factors. The PlusOne team create matches that they believe will be a success based on the common interests and skills. It also mainly depends on the young people that are referred to the programme.

How long does the Mentoring last?

The average mentoring relationship lasts 12 months. It is also taken into account the young person and mentors individual needs so the programme could range from 9-14 months depending on circumstance.

What is the breakdown commitment?

It is structured that the mentor and mentee have weekly meetings, which lasts on average 2 hours for the first 6 months of the programme. After the 6 month mark, mentoring with gradually decreases to bi-weekly and eventually once a month as the youth begins their transition out of the programme.

What will we do during the mentoring meeting?

That is completely up to the mentor and mentee. The two of you will come up with different activities. There will also be group activities organised by the PlusOne staff, and the free range to explore and grow your own activities such as cooking, music, crafts etc.

If you still have questions please contact someone from the Plus One team

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