Mentoring at The Clubhouse means joining an amazing community of creative teens and adults. The Clubhouse Network’s unique Group Mentoring Model puts members and volunteer Mentors side by side: building, experimenting, and having fun, while developing skills and bonds that enrich everyone’s lives.
What Is Mentoring at The Clubhouse Like?
Volunteer Mentors visit the Clubhouse once a week, for at least 2 hours. Group mentoring means that mentors aren’t paired individually with members, and they don’t teach classes; rather, mentors become mutual learners. Young people are free to follow their own interests, and mentors are there to support them through that process, modeling what it’s like to go from concept to creation, and all the while encouraging Clubhouse members to do the same. Mentors are asked to commit to volunteering for no less than 6 months, although many of our mentors stay for years. This is what makes our community so special—the spirit of independence and camaraderie makes the relationships organic and meaningful.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MENTORING AT THE CLUBHOUSE
WHAT KIND OF TIME COMMITMENT IS REQUIRED TO MENTOR AT THE CLUBHOUSE?
We ask for a commitment of 2 hours per week on one set day for a period of at least 6 months. If you feel like you can’t make that commitment but still want to get involved with The Clubhouse, contact us to discuss other opportunities that may be available.
ARE TECHNICAL SKILLS NECESSARY TO BE A GOOD MENTOR?
Not at all! The most important skills a Clubhouse Mentor can possess is patience and a willingness to try new things, side-by-side with members. The Clubhouse is not exclusively about gaining technical skills; It’s also about building self-confidence, exploring creativity, and gaining life skills. We know that the most powerful thing for youth to see is your willingness to learn right alongside them.
WHAT KIND OF TRAINING CAN I EXPECT ONCE I SIGN UP TO BE A MENTOR?
Each Mentor receives an orientation to The Clubhouse, as well as a tour of The Clubhouse space. There is also ongoing support and training from the Flagship’s Mentor Program Manager Jeff Rogers and there is also always staff on-site while members and mentors are in the Clubhouse.