Mentors need to be 21 and older. Those applicants who are 18-21 will be selected on a case-by-case basis.
No! We believe that life offers its own education and it’s the unique experiences that people have that qualifies them to be mentors. We want to work with mentors from all walks of life! However, we do have some basic criteria that will help to make your mentor experience wonderful, and our administration efficient. Click here to see our criteria.
Matching is an important process! We match each mentor and child thoughtfully and according to strengths and points of commonality. We get help from those people who know the child’s needs the best. Again, girls with girls and boys with boys! Mentors can advise of their preferred age bracket.
Schedules of mentors, the facilities and selected children will be compared to put together a weekly visitation roster that suits everyone! Mentors need to stick to the roster as far as possible.
We work with children between the ages of 6 and 20, really from Grade 1 – 12.
Bright Stars focuses on vulnerable kids who need adult role models but who have their basic needs met.
Most of our kids are in facilities (Child and Youth Care Centres), or in vulnerable communities.
Our kids face challenges like loss and grief, abandonment, neglect, abuse in all its forms, exploitation and poverty.
Because of this it’s important that mentors be properly trained and supported to work with our kids.
As long as you are able bodied and can travel to see your Little Star you are eligible to mentor!
Many older people have an enormous wealth of knowledge and experience to share and we want to tap into that rich resource for our kids!
We have a rigorous application process that involves some paperwork, hearing about you from your friends and family, a one-on-one interview to get to know you better, and the relevant criminal checks.
Our kids come from challenging backgrounds where they have faced abuse and neglect, exploitation, death and loss, abandonment and poverty. As mentors we need you to protect your Little Star.
So we have to be extra careful and take every every precaution.
We require all Bright Stars applicants to complete the following:
- Full criminal clearance
- Clearance from the Sexual Offender’s Register
- Clearance from Part B of the National Child Protection Register
- Commissioned Sexual Offender’s Affidavit
All of this takes place after you have been to a training day so that you apply with all the information at hand as to what the programme requires.
The simple answer is no!
We are all about one-on-one care and relationships We want each kid to feel special and unique with their mentor.
We are all about longevity and sustainable relationships! While the minimum commitment is for one year, we love it when mentors carry on for a second and third year, and we know that the kids love it too!