Frequently Asked Mentoring Questions

How do I begin the process of becoming a Youth for Christ Mentor?

Please contact Sandy Vogelman at [email protected] or call the YFC office at 210-697-7052.

What is the minimum age for someone to mentor/intern/volunteer?

A volunteer must be at least 18 years old and case by case.

How long does the screening process take in order to become a Mentor?

This process is dependent upon the time in which an individual inquires about our program and is actually matched with a mentee. This also depends on how long it takes for a criminal background check to be performed.

Do all volunteers get accepted?

This is based upon the results of the background check as well as discretion of Youth for Christ.

Why is there an abundance of paper work when enrolling with Youth for Christ Mentoring?

This abundance of paper work is present not only to protect the volunteer, but also to protect the child. In gathering information, Youth for Christ is able to make the best match in a healthy safe environment.

What is the age range of the children in Youth for Christ Program?

The children are eligible for enrollment from middle school to high school ages.

How often each week should I see my mentee?

We ask only that you spend one hour a week with your mentee but we encourage you to spend more
time if you are able to.

How much money should I expect to spend?

This is at the volunteer’s discretion, but the spending of money isn’t expected. Please do not purchase expensive gifts for your mentee.

What are the benefits for both children and adults participating in the Youth for Christ Mentoring Program?

Each develops a long lasting friendship. Children involved within this program know they have someone who’s going to be there for them. This is a rewarding experience for both parties.

What to Expect as a Volunteer

How often should I meet with my YFC match support?

Regular contact is maintained with YFC by responding to calls and letters. Once a month contact through a Mentor Monthly Report, however, the first month of the match requires weekly contact.  

Does your agency provide someone with whom I could speak with if the match isn’t going well?

Please contact YFC at 210-697-7052 and ask for Sandy Vogelman.

Are there any restrictions that YFC places on the activities I do with my mentee?

This information will be explained in detail at our Youth for Christ safety standards training.

Are there any suggested activities that I should do with my mentee?

YFC suggests participating in activities in which the mentee has interests. It’s helpful to plan activities together in order to fulfill these interests. We also recommend activities that both the volunteer and mentee can participate. YFC offers activities throughout the year and we recommend the matches attend.

If a problem occurs with the family, what should I do?


Please contact Sandy Vogelman, immediately. As a volunteer, it is not recommended that you take on family responsibilities.

Should I help my mentee with their homework?

Yes, because this allows for one on one time for the volunteer and the child to interact with each other.

Should I educate my mentee on certain topics such as drugs and alcohol?

This information will be explained in detail at our Youth for Christ safety standards training.

How can I ensure my child’s safety in the YFC mentoring Program?

Each potential volunteer completes a rigorous screening process and is responsible for maintaining contact with the agency once approved. Our Volunteers will also be trained before receiving a mentor. YFC match support maintains regular contact with the volunteer, the child, and the parents. 

How does a child qualify for the Youth for Christ Mentoring program? 

There are several ways that a child may qualify for enrollment inYFC mentoring. In order to determine eligibility please contact Youth for Christ at 210-697-7052 or email Janet Filley at [email protected]

Is YFC a babysitter?

No. Please remember to make arrangements to have an adult present at the home when the volunteer brings the mentee home.

Can siblings and or friends of my child participate in activities provided by the volunteer?

Please remember that the relationship exists between your child and the mentor. Children not enrolled in YFC Mentoring program are prohibited from participating in activities with YFC Mentoring. This includes siblings, friends, or other family members.

Why does a child need a mentor if they have aunts and uncles?

Many adults may have their own families that require their time. It is also important that mentees have a positive role model outside of the family to look up to and that they can depend on.

What should I do if something about the relationship concerns me?

Please contact Sandy Vogelman at 210-697-7052.

What are the different programs offered by Youth for Christ?

We offer our Teen Parent program for pregnant or parenting teen moms and dads; we have City Life HS for our inner city high schools students, City Life Middle School for our inner city middle schoolers.  We also offer Campus Life HS and Campus Life MS for high school and middle school students outside of the inner city.