Community Youth Development Mentor Application

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  Safety & Boundaries

Every mentoring program has its own set of policies concerning issues of safety, liability, and appropriate boundaries between you and your mentee.  Please take the time to discuss further agreements and arrangements for each topic.  This section to be done with Program Coordinator of selected for Mentor Volunteer.





Safety, Liability, or Behavior Issue

Our Program’s Policy

Where my mentee and I can (and cannot meet) Currently mentors can meet with mentees at designated
schools and/or libraries.  Once rapport is built then further
discussion on more locations can be considered.
How often should I meet with my mentee At least once a week.
Spending time alone with my mentee Since it is required to have 4 mentees to a mentor you
will never truly be alone  with a mentee.  However, if
scheduling makes it to where you meet with 1 mentee
always stay in “public view”.  E.g., leaving a classroom door open,
meeting out in the open.
Exchanging phone numbers It is encouraged to have mentees phone numbers, collectively, in a
group chat.  Set limits with your mentees when they contact you and
what can be talked about in chats.
Physical displays of affection (e.g., hugs) Minimize hugs and physical contact, limit contact to high fives or a
special hand shake.  Maintain body space “bubble”, don’t sit too
close to mentee, do not let mentee lay all over you etc.
Contact with my mentee’s family Contact with mentee’s family is strongly encouraged and advised.
Maintaining healthy communication with mentee’s parent/guardian builds
Mentee overnight visits at my home This is prohibited.
Mentee reports serious physical or emotional health
issues (e.g., abuse or thoughts of suicide)
It is a vital part to pay attention to any signs of abuse.  If
the mentee confides in you they are being abused or have thoughts of
suicide, please tell school counselor, law enforcement and program
coordinator to take further actions accordingly.
“After hours” It is encouraged to support your mentee.  If your mentee
invites you to see them perform in a sporting event, concert, etc.
You may do so.  However, inform the program coordinator about any
special event ahead of time.


If you have another topic of concern towards safety, liability or behavior issues, please talk with your program director.



        Getting to Know You

As a mentor, it is important to be paired with a mentee that shares similar interests as you do. Whether it is liking the same candy, coming from the same neighborhood, who raised you, etc. Eventually you and the mentee will have spent enough time together that you’ll find more things in common then basic topics below. As you and your mentee do spend time together, you might discover that you have similar values and beliefs as well. If you and your mentee do not share certain topics, then those differences can be used as discussions and to better understand your mentee as well.
Any information provided below will not be shared and will not dismiss one as a mentor. Information provided is solely used to match mentors and mentees as best as possible. Be honest and complete as much as you can, anything not completed will not dismiss one as a mentor.



        Who Are We Are


The Dallas Community Youth Development (CYD) Program prevents juvenile delinquency and improves the lives of children and adolescents by providng youth with the skills and competencies necessary in becoming successful adults. The Community Youth Development Program creates environments, events, and activites that cultivate leadership and support positive choices. CYD has a series of programs that focus on the success of youth; such programs are the Youth Leadership Development, Youth Advisory Committee, and CYD Mentoring. Launched in 1995, CYD has proudly and successfully served thousands of elementary, middle and high school youth each year in the 75216 and 75217 area.




  CYD Mentoring Program


The Mentoring Program supports the development of healthy youth by addressing the need for positive adult contact and interaction. The mentoring relationship helps youth avoid risky behaviors that lead to arrest, and the relationship fosters positive and healthy behavior patterns at school, at home and in the community. The Mentoring Program provides youth with healthy recreational alternatives, academic support and life skills to help attain the skills necessary to avoid deliquent behaivor and succeed in life.



        Why Mentor?


A mentor and mentee relationship can be beneficial for both parties. Mentoring can improve communication and listening skills, develop patience, build trust, and improve reasoning skills. In addition, some benefits the mentee can develop are increased academic achievement, decreased behavioral problems, see alternatives for decision-making, improved social skills and develop a positive self-image. Being a mentor can offer insight and determine challenges when they arise in a youth’s life. Youth today need positive guidance, motivation, and a healthy support system to reach their full potential, break cycles of delinquency, be the next generation of leaders, and, most of all, have a positive sense of belonging and encouragement.


If you have the motivation to help others, facilitate trust, openness and empathy, and give support and encouragement to take positive action, then apply with CYD and become a MENTOR.

CYD Requirements & Expectations


Please read carefully and sign below as representation that you understand these terms.

• Mentor must be at least 18 with proof of good academic standing (if attending school)
• Mentor must complete Mentor Application
• Mentor must complete and clear a criminal background check
• Mentor must complete necessary training sessions
• Each mentor is to have 3-4 mentees as part of state expectations
• Mentor is required to have face-to-face meetings with mentees
• Mentor is expected to have a 6 month commitment to mentee, preferably, a whole school year
• Mentor is expected to have means of communication with mentee and mentee’s parent or guardian with clear boundaries on communication contact (e.g. via texting, appropriate time of day)
• Mentor is expected to do necessary reports and follow-up meetings with program coordinator
• Mentor is expected to set clear and proper boundaries with mentees
• Mentor is expected to bring forth certain aspects to mentee (e.g. leadership skills, communication skills, life skills)
• Smoking and use of tobacco products in the presence of mentees is prohibited
• Using, possessing, or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs will not be tolerated
• Mentors will respect and display consideration to all children of regardless of race, gender, religion, or culture.
• Mentors will not use profanity in the presence of mentees or parents
• Monetary and expensive gifts are prohibited


• I understand that as a Mentor for CYD, I am subject to a background check, including criminal history


        Criminal Background Check- Complete form F-500-2971C;2970c


Answer questions truthfully, accurately and to the best of your knowledge.  Any information that is incorrect or incomplete can stall the background process.  Please provide ALL known names that you have used, even if you are not sure list them anyway.  Any known names that are not listed will stall the background process. Ex. maiden names, name change, name that differ from driver’s license and name on lease, nicknames that were used. 



Download a copy of the Criminal Background Check form HERE:
Download a copy of the Disclosure and Consent to Release Personal Information HERE


Please submit a completed copy to Libbie Lee via email at or Isriel Warren at

Volunteer Training & History

If any, describe formal or informal training you have had as a volunteer (e.g. certificates, courses, skills.



List any volunteer work you have done and organizations you have been involved with or currently with



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