Volunteer at PBMR
If interested in volunteering contact the Volunteer Director who will return your call or email within three business days to speak with you about what your interests are in volunteering and what we can offer. The Director of Mentoring will then direct the potential volunteer to the relevant party based upon their interests. Volunteer requirements vary based on what type of volunteering is decided upon.
Become a Mentor
Contact the Director of Mentoring to inquire about becoming a mentor.
Once one has expressed interest in becoming a mentor they will be directed to fill out the application in our Civicore system after a conversation about the program with the volunteer. Once the application is reviewed, your references will be called. After the mentoring coordinator is able to contact your references an interview will be scheduled. Upon completion of the interview the staff will determine if mentorship is the right fit for both the volunteer and the mentees. There are other opportunities to volunteer using the skills that individuals bring should it be determined that mentorship is not the right fit for them, at this time. If staff approval is given after the interview a period of up to three months of shadowing at the organization is possible before a 1:1 match is made. This allows all volunteers to get acclimated to the organization and the youth that we work with before they are paired, and may allow for more organic matches to occur. During that three months of shadowing the volunteers must attend the Virtus in-person training, have an approved background check, and attend the 4-hour mentor and organizational training.
Ideally, our mentoring program will employ a team-based mentor approach, meaning that anywhere from 2-4 people including volunteers and staff will work with one of the youth. We find that this type of structure provides a circle of support and allows for the young person to build different relationships with each of his mentors. In addition, it is our hope that the mentors will build relationships with both their mentee and with other volunteers. At PBMR, all our work is seen through a trauma lens; this requires putting yourself in another person’s shoes and looking into their past and their environment to better understand their behaviors, attitudes, worldview, and feelings.
Become a Circle Keeper
The circle process brings together individuals who wish to engage in conflict resolution, healing, support, decision making or other activities in which honest communication, relationship development, and community building are core desired outcomes.
To become a circle keeper you need to participate in a four-day training at our center. Check the events calendar to see upcoming training and to register.