Volunteer Mentors wanted!

Jackson Street Mentoring provides one-on-one support and guidance from a responsible adult. Volunteer Mentors make a one year commitment, and to agree to spend 1-3 hours per week with the youth they’ve been matched with. Mentors and Mentees are matched based on interest.

An Eligible Volunteer Mentor….

  • Provides consistent support and guidance to a youth, ages 10-17
  • Is at least 19 years old
  • Resides in Benton or Linn County
  • Has a positive perspective of young people
  • Adheres to all program policies and procedures
  • Meets consistently and is dependable
  • Has at least one hour per week to share with their Mentee, for one year
  • Attends training sessions as required, and a minimum of 8 Monthly Mentor Meetings throughout the year
  • Willingly communicates with program staff about activity information and takes constructive feedback and suggestions. We ask for weekly email or phone updates for the first 3 months, and bi-weekly updates for the remaining 9 months. Mentors ask questions when they have them – you’re not alone!
  • Does not abuse or use alcohol or controlled substances while acting as a Volunteer (with your mentee)
  • Is not currently in treatment for substance abuse, and has a non-addictive period of at least five years
  • Completes Volunteer Time Sheets each month
  • Has a passion for supporting runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth. Experience working with this population, or personal history is a plus but not required.

To become a Mentor, please complete the basic Volunteer Application and email to begin the process.

Mentor Screening:

  • Become an approved Jackson Street Volunteer – email
  • A separate Mentor Application is distributed in-person
  • Personal interview with Mentoring Coordinator
  • Read the Jackson Street Mentoring Handbook and complete quiz
  • Attend a four hour new mentor training within first 6 months of being matched
  • Attend training sessions as required


Mentees (youth) must be referred by a service provider (probation officer, therapist, school counselor, etc). Legal guardians must give consent for their youth to participate, and youth must also make a commitment to participate in the program.

For a copy of the Mentee Referral Form, please email Claudia Gallegos at
Due to our current waitlist of mentees, we are not able to accept referrals at this time.

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Jackson Street Youth Services
PO Box 1984 Albany, OR 97321
PO Box 285 Corvallis, OR 97339

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