Frequently Asked Questions


What is the time commitment?

The time commitment per week/month varies according to current needs.  Mentors are asked to commit for one-year.  Please join us for an Info Session to learn more.

Who is eligible to mentor?

Anyone who lives in the Boston area, is 21 or older, and is willing to make at least a year-long commitment, can apply to become a mentor.

What is the screening process involved in becoming a mentor?

Mentors must complete a written application, an in-person interview, and participate in 9 hours of pre-service mentor training with our program staff.  We screen all of our mentors with a SORI (Sexual Offender Record Information), CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information), fingerprint and FBI background check. Silver Lining Mentoring considers all activities prior to a match as part of the screening process.  Here are more details on the training and screening process.

Where do the youth live?

The large majority of our youth live throughout the Greater Boston area.

Do I have to have access to a car?

No. If you do not have a car, we will do our best to match you with a youth who lives in an area accessible by public transportation.  However, a car is useful and sometimes necessary when youth move outside subway/commuter rail areas, and mentors should at least be willing to rent a ZipCar if/when a car is needed to visit their mentee (Silver Lining has special funds set aside to help mentors cover transportation costs).

When are the upcoming information sessions being held?

You can see upcoming Info Session dates here.

Do I need to bring anything with me when I attend the information session?

You may want to bring a notebook if you’d like to take notes during the Information Session.  You do not need to bring an application to the Info Session. You will learn about the application process during the Information Session and should plan to complete the application after you’ve attended an info session and before your in-person interview.

I’ve attended an information session; now what?

After attending an information session, you should fill out the mentor application and contact us at 617 391-9066 or mentor@silverliningmentoring.org to schedule an in-person interview.  Here are more details on the training and screening process.

How often are mentor training sessions held?

Training sessions are held 6-12 times per year (roughly every other month, though monthly when the demand is higher) and are usually conducted on two consecutive week night evenings (for 4.5 hours each).  Occasionally a full day Saturday session is offered instead. Mentor training sessions last approximately 9 hours in total.