Change a life, change your life, become a mentor

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer mentor with CBSBB. CBSBB’s mentoring program enables young people to expand their horizons, their hopes and their dreams. It helps inspire them to improve academic performance and reduce risky behavior, which ultimately leads to stable health, strong personal relationships and gainful employment.

Research has proven that CBSBB’s integration of mentoring, crisis counseling and skill building ensures that our mentoring relationships are healthier and last longer than the national average.

CBSBB’s target populations are children from first generation, low-income communities. Many of the families we work with are overwhelmed by multiple stressors. Poverty, a shortage of skills and a lack of exposure to opportunities are some of the issues our mentees face every day.  These children are eager to expand their horizons and having a mentor can be the difference between their current reality and a successful future. You can be that difference!

Mentor Role:

  • Maintain a one-to-one match relationship between yourself as the mentor and your mentee while respecting the family system.
  • Serve as a positive role model and friend while helping your mentee to set and accomplish goals.
  • Build the match relationship by planning and participating in activities together.

Mentor Program Requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Be interested in working with a young girl or boy between the ages of 7 -17.
  • Be willing to finance all match outings (we encourage free and low-cost outings).
  • If the child doesn’t travel alone, be responsible for picking up or dropping off your Little Sister/Brother.

Time Commitment:

  • Mentors must commit at least one year to their match relationship. This includes meeting face-to-face with their mentee at least twice a month for a total of 8 hours. Typically matches meet up every other weekend for 4 hours.   
  • Mentors are responsible for maintaining communication with their mentee in-between outings by setting up a weekly call night to help build their match relationship.

Applying Online:

Once you’ve expressed interest in becoming a CBSBB mentor by filling out the online inquiry form, you must complete the following application phases:

Phase 1: Complete a phone inquiry with a staff member.

Phase 2: Submit an application (includes resume and application fee).

Phase 3: Participate in an interview with a staff member.

Phase 4: Successfully complete background screening, which includes:

  • Three personal reference checks
  • Therapist reference check (if applicable)
  • Fingerprint screening via Go Pass (if you are invited to proceed with this phase, all applicants are required to visit the Department of Education office to get fingerprinted; instructions will be given to applicant upon invitation to this phase)

Phase 5: If accepted, all applicants are required to attend the next scheduled mentor training.

Applicants will be reviewed at each phase and can proceed forward to the next application phase upon approval by a staff member.

If you have additional questions that are not covered here, please do not hesitate to contact us at 212-475-3291 ext. 502 or

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