PROGRAM & PURPOSE
The Countywide Mentoring Program will provide County employees the opportunity to participate with local organizations that provide volunteer opportunities to mentor and work with youth throughout the County of Los Angeles. Employees must commit to participating for a minimum of one year. The County has identified community based mentoring organizations that use best practices to facilitate their current mentoring programs, and are willing to support the community based mentoring aspect of the MBK Mentoring Program.
The purpose of the Mentoring Program is to provide an avenue for employees to participate in helping youth through mentoring by helping youth understand individual and societal challenges. The program is designed to provide mentoring agencies throughout the County with a new pool of mentors (County employees) who possess a wealth of cultural and ethnic insights and experiences. These mentors can provide quality personal and professional mentoring to the youth.
How To Qualify
In order to qualify for the County Employee Youth Mentoring program employees must:
- Complete and submit the online application. DHR will notify employees when their application has been processed and their request has been forwarded to the community based organization.
- Be a full time County employee for at least 12 months
- Have a competent rating or higher on the last performance evaluation
- Have no disciplinary action during the last 3 years
To increase employee participation and communicate the County’s interest in promoting mentorship, the following incentives are part of County’s mentoring Program:
- Proclaiming January as “Mentoring Month” to include recognition of employees participating in mentoring efforts, on an annual basis.
- Recognizing County mentors at an annual luncheon.
- Providing a letter of recognition to County employees, signed by the Chair of the Board of Supervisors, to be filed in their County personnel file.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A mentor is a person that shares their knowledge with a less experienced person over time. This may include teaching, coaching, giving advice and positively impacting the life of the youth they spend time with.
A Community Based Organization is a non-profit organization that represents a community or segment of a community through educational and other services.
- Participating youth at CBOs
- Ages and gender of the youth will vary based on the population that the CBO serves
No experience is necessary, training will be provided by the CBOs.
- Mentor orientation provided by DHR.
- Mentor training provided by the CBO per their program guidelines.
- Minimum of a one-year commitment
- Mentors comply with guidelines and expectations of the CBO that you are volunteering with.
- This is a voluntary opportunity and on your own time
- You are responsible for any expenses you incur (i.e. gas, mileage, activities, food, and gifts).
- Pass the background check required by the CBO
- Some CBOs pay for the background check and some do not.
- Annual recognition.
- Letter of commendation from the Board of Supervisors.
- Contributing to the constituents of Los Angeles County, by giving back and helping local youth thrive in our community.
To provide employees an opportunity to mentor youth and make a difference in their lives (Board motion Jan 9, 2018).