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Become a Mentor

Make A Difference Through Mentoring

Being a mentor to a young person is one of the kindest and most rewarding things an adult can do. It is a special opportunity to share your knowledge and experience as well as watch your student grow and develop into a successful adult. Donating your time is the highest form of charitable giving.

Our mentors are community volunteers, over the age of 24 with a college degree. OJS students are individually matched with a volunteer of the same gender for a long-term relationship of guidance (1-3 years) and coaching, leading to eventual college entrance. Our mentors spend four to six hours a month with their mentee. These required hours are satisfied by attending OJS events (view our calendar of events here), phone and/or communicating via text and email. This mentorship provides our young people with guidance and assistance to help them achieve their educational, social and personal goals.

It’s easy to become a mentor! The following information outlines the mentor admission process:

  • Complete and submit the application to OJS (click here), including three character references with phone numbers. Upon submission of your application, Operation Jump Start staff member will call you to schedule a mentor interview.

At your interview, the following will be required:

  • Copy of Driver’s License
  • Copy of current auto insurance

Following the mentor interview, you will need to fulfill the mentor requirements which are:

  • Current DMV report
  • TB test
  • Fingerprinting and background check
  • Attend one mentor training class

As soon as these requirements are satisfied, you will be matched with your student!

Apply to become a mentor here. 

Our Impact This Year

  • Students Served


  • One-on-One Mentoring Hours


  • Scholarships Awarded


  • College Attendance Rate


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