Become a Mentor

Mentor one child, change two lives

Become a Chautauqua Striders Mentor today!

Our mentors have an amazing track record of starting life changing friendships that last for years in fact our average match length is 36 months.  Our mentors are helping at-risk youth develop a stronger connection with school and develop goals for the future and break the cycle of poverty.

What’s the application process?
Click on the “Volunteer” button on this page. Someone from Chautauqua Striders Mentoring Team will follow-up.  All potential mentors will complete an application, undergo a reference check, criminal background search and an in-person interview. The Mentoring Team will use the interview to get to know you and match you with a best fit mentee.  For more information about being a mentor, please contact our Director of Mentoring, Jen Flanders, at or 716-489-3483.

When will I see my mentee?
For community based mentoring matches you, along with your mentee (and his or her parent/guardian) decide together what you want to do.  We recommend that you keep a consistent schedule of outings and get together on a regular basis.  School based mentoring matches meet weekly at school, usually during lunch. Each school has a designated space for matches. For both programs our Mentoring Coordinators will be a part of the first meeting as to assure a positive mentoring experience.

What kind of support can I expect from Chautauqua Striders?

After your first meeting with your mentee, our Mentoring Team will be in regular contact with you to provide assistance in developing a positive relationship and provide feedback from communication with the mentee, family and school. Anytime you have a question, concern or celebration our Mentoring Team is just a phone call away. Monthly contact provides you with ideas for activities, guidance for handling possible difficult situations, and feedback on how you are making a difference.

Will I become a replacement parent?
No. Our mentees often come from homes of love and what they really need is a positive relationship with “another” caring adult. The quality one-to-one time you spend with your mentee will help them develop a trusting relationship with a caring adult and allow you to be someone they can depend on.