the ability to listen and to offer friendship, guidance, and encouragement to a young person
a genuine desire to be involved and help youth;
respect for youth and their cultures and backgrounds
empathy and authenticity
compatible personalities, interests, and expectations
prior experience in helping roles or occupations
flexibility and openness; and
the ability to see solutions and opportunities and help youth to see them as well
The roles of mentors vary greatly depending on the type, focus, structure, and participants. Mentors’ roles may also differ over the course of the relationship. These roles may include acting as
a role model,
a supporter or cheerleader,
a policy enforcer,
an advocate, and/or
If you have an interest in stepping in and stepping up to mentor a child, complete the mentor application below.
If you are a Walton County School District employee who would like to mentor a student, complete the application below.
If you have questions, contact Lori Hughes at 850-892-1100 ext. 1443 or by email at: HughesL@walton.k12.fl.us .I