What It Takes to Be a Peace First Mentor

Peace First believes in the power of young people to change the world. By becoming part of the Peace First community, adult mentors join with youth to create a better world together.

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Peace First mentors are volunteers. Ready to apply? Fill out the online application.

Spring Mentor Cohort Information:

We are formally rolling out our mentor training program in Spring 2019! Mentors are able to connect to young people working on every issue imaginable, from over 120 countries. And they can do it anywhere with an internet connection, for just about 1-2 hours a week!

Our mentorship program gives in-depth support to mentors and mentees alike, and trains adults in a youth-led model of youth support, training adults in how to be allies in youth-led change. 

We want you to apply this spring--here’s what you need to know!

  • Applications are open now! Apply here.

  • March 1: the deadline for applying to be in our April training cohort.

  • Mid-March: we’ll let you know your application status by mid-March.

  • April 1-30: Training starts on April 1, and is 2 hour/week online commitment to be completed any time through the end of April.

  • May 1 onwards: Once you’ve completed the training, you’ll be eligible to be matched with a young mentee!

There are three simple ways you can help ensure a strong community of adult allies joins our Spring 2019 training: sign up to learn more at this link, apply if you’re ready to get started, and share with three people who you think would be a good mentor.

What will I do as a mentor? 

As a Peace First Mentor, you will coach a team/individual on their peacemaking project, using tools from the Peacemaking Journey--which we'll train you on! You'll have regular support from the Peace First team throughout.

Here's what you'll be responsible for:

  • Serving as a friendly, caring community member who can help mentees get oriented to the Peace First community. 
  • Support mentees in integrating Peacemaking Journey tools into their project development process and provide targeted support for the group’s leader.
  • Share relevant resources and skills.
  • Provide guidance and feedback, and celebrate and encourage mentees.

What is the time commitment for being a mentor?

  • You commit to mentorship for at least one year.
  • You'll be matched to a specific project for at least a year or the duration of the project (if shorter). If the project completes before the end of the year, you'll be rematched to a different project.
  • Spend a minimum of two hours each week engaged in online mentoring activities. A standard approach is to log in at least four times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes each session. You can also agree on another time frame that works for both you and your mentee.
  • Respond to direct youth inquiries within 48 hours.

You also will take part in larger mentor trainings and community:

  • Complete initial online training (four lessons, a training recorded by a group of over 20 global Peace First community members, lasting approximately two hours each).

  • Attend/view ongoing training webinars.

  • Regularly participate in online mentor-only discussion group.

  • Complete periodic program surveys and evaluations.

What does Peace First look for in potential mentors?

Peace First is looking for caring adults passionate about transforming a narrative of violence through supporting and accelerating youth leadership. Characteristics of Peace First mentors include:

  • Being encouraging and supportive

  • Fostering cooperative (versus prescriptive) relationships with youth

  • A deep belief in the power of young people to lead

  • Patient and flexible

  • Respectful of individual differences

  • People who speak Spanish and/or Arabic in addition to English are strongly encouraged to apply

What are the benefits of being a mentor?

  • Play a role in transforming a global narrative of violence to one of peacemaking

  • Learn new skills in coaching and supporting young people to create powerful peacemaking projects

  • Training sessions and group activities

  • Mentor support group

  • Learn how to be an adult ally to young leaders

What support does Peace First provide?

  • Secure platform in which all communications with youth take place

  • Initial and ongoing training

  • Opportunities to access ongoing support

  • Fostering a community of mentors committed to peacemaking

  • Help with navigating any questions, problems, joys, and achievements that you or your mentee experience

What is the application and screening process?

  • Complete online application

  • Successfully complete initial pre-match training (about 4-8 hours of training, which can happen with a cohort of others or on your own)

  • Background check, completed by an external vendor, which will check the following:

    • Identity Verification

    • Sex Offender Registry Check

    • Global Watchlist Check

    • National Criminal Records Check

    • County Criminal Records Check

  • Provide the email addresses two personal references, who must complete a Personal Reference Form

Am I eligible to apply to be a mentor?

You are eligible to apply to be a Peace First Mentor if:

  • You are at least 26 years old

  • You have proficiency in English (We hope at some point to be able to run our program with monolingual non-English-speakers, but for safety and capacity reasons, we currently need all mentors to be proficient in English. Being multilingual with English and additional languages is very helpful! Our mentor program currently supports mentor relationships in English, Spanish, and Arabic.)

  • Your application and background check are approved

  • You successfully complete the pre-match training (four two-hour lessons)

  • You believe in the power of young people to transform the world

  • You are comfortable communicating online--and have access to regular internet

Interested in being a Peace First Mentor? Share your email with us and we’ll follow up.

Ready to apply? Fill out the online application.

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Technical difficulties? Email us at programs@peacefirst.org. We are happy to help!

Even if you can’t make the April 2019 training, we want you to get involved--sign up on email and we’ll move forward on a timeline that works best for both of us.