Mentors

Youth Motivator Program

The Youth Motivator Program is designed to reduce the potential of a student dropping out of school by giving them support, promoting the values of education, increasing their self-esteem and performance, and teaching students to set and reach goals by modifying and improving their social skills; attitudes; attendance; and behavior.

What is a Youth Motivator?

  • A Youth Motivator is a special type of school volunteer.
  • An individual committed to helping a student, identified as at risk, get his/her life academically, socially, and mentally back together.
  • Someone committed to expanding the time and energy necessary to help a student stay on the right track.
  • Someone who wants to make a difference in the life of a young person by just being a friend.

How to Become a Mentor

1. Mentor's Responsibilities

The Youth Motivator meets one-to-one with an elementary, middle or high school student approximately 30 minutes a week for a minimum of 12 weeks during school.

  • The volunteer helps with homework and encourages attendance.
  • As a friend and role model, the volunteer listens to the student, helps with problem solving and demonstrates the values of punctuality and dependability.
  • Develops a friendly, trusting relationship.
  • CARES, LISTENS, ENCOURAGES, AND GIVES.

2. Training

  • All applicants must complete an Application to Volunteer. Be sure to check the Youth Motivator-Mentor box. Volunteers, including mentors, are not placed prior to the completion of the registration and clearance process.
  • All Youth Motivators/Mentors must attend an orientation/training session.
  • Orientation curriculum includes:
    • Overview of Volusia County Schools Mentoring Program
    • Mentoring Responsibilities and Conduct
    • Confidentiality Issues 'At Risk' Students
    • Accessing Resources
    • School Contact Information
    • Matching and Placement
    • Liability and Incident Reporting

3. Mentor Training Schedule for Community Members - Fall 2021

DESCRIPTION:   Mentor volunteers need attend only one training. Volunteers receive orientation to the Youth Motivator Program and basic training in mentoring. This training is required of all mentor volunteers prior to placement with a student as a mentor. Training may also be available through individual schools’ Mentor Coordinators.

Monday

January 10, 2022 

3:30-5:00 PM

Olson Facility Bid Conference Room

Tuesday

February 15, 2022

3:30-5:00 PM

Olson Facility Bid Conference Room

Tuesday

March 29, 2022

3:30-5:00 PM

Olson Facility Bid Conference Room
Tuesday April 19, 2022 3:30-5:00 PM

Olson Facility Bid Conference Room

Tuesday May 10, 2022 3:30-5:00 PM

Olson Facility Bid Conference Room

To RSVP:  Please call Ashorda Foley at 386-255-6475 x 38379 or email her at afoley@volusia.k12.fl.us

DIRECTIONS:    Olson Facility - 3750 Olson Drive, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
 
I-95   From the intersection of I-95 and US 92, proceed west on US 92  approximately 
          3 miles to the intersection of Indian Lake Road. Turn right on Indian Lake Road 
          and travel north approximately ½ mile to the  intersection of Olson Dr. Turn right 
          on Olson Dr. and travel east approximately ¼ mile. The facility is on the left.

I-4     Exit I-4 at US 92. Travel west on US 92 to Indian Lake Road. Turn right on
          Indian Lake Road and travel north approximately ½ mile to the  intersection
          of Olson Dr.  Turn right on Olson Dr. and travel east approximately ¼ mile.
          The facility is on the left. 

W      From the intersection of US 17-92 (Woodland Blvd.) and US 92, proceed 
          east on US 92 approximately 13 miles to the intersection of Indian Lake 
          Road.   Turn left on Indian Lake Road and travel north approximately ½ mile
          to  the intersection of Olson Dr. Turn right on Olson Dr. and travel east 
          approximately ¼ mile. The facility is on the left.

4. Qualifications Needed

  • A warm and understanding personality
  • Patience
  • Sense of humor
  • Respect for others
  • Ability to be flexible
  • Dependable and Reliable
  • Sincerity
  • Good listener
  • Able to accept a young person as they are
  • Understand and know that each student is different and unique
  • Desire to motivate a young person and help then succeed in school

5. How to Get Involved

Complete the online application to volunteer. Be sure to check the box for Youth Motivator (mentor). After  your application is approved, we will email you training instructions and contact information.

Resources for Current Mentors