Volunteers are the heart of our organization
Through our in-person and virtual friendship programs, we’ve paired children and young adults (ages 3-26) with mentors from over 50 different career paths, such as fashion design, robotics, and ghost hunting. Kids and young adults explore professions, continue to grow, reclaim their identity, and envision life beyond cancer.
Visits are all virtual now and take place on a weekly to monthly basis, for a minimum of six months. One of our program staff is on every call.
We send “passion project supply kits” — such as parts to build & program a robot — before each visit. That way the mentor can, over video, give the kid or young adult a hands-on, behind-the-scenes way to explore their passion.
During months of little social support, poor health, and frozen development, we provide essential stability, consistency, and hope in the form of friendship and mentorship. We are there, virtually, in and out of the hospital, during treatment and into survivorship.
Our mentors help young adults develop actionable post-cancer plans and they help kids dream about what they want to be when they grow up.
Below are mentors who the kids or young adults have specifically requested. For professions not yet listed, we have a pipeline so as soon as a kid/young adult tells us they share that passion, we have a mentor waiting for them.
We require all volunteers to be at least 20 years old or sophomores in college.
Volunteers must have (and we can help get them) relevant background checks.
Volunteers must be approved by our program staff.
(Steps to becoming approved as a volunteer)
Personally, I felt that if we could take Adrian’s mind off of the reason he was there, we succeeded that day. And if we were able to do that just once, it was all worth it.
It provides kids, with hope. It provides them with living their dreams. It opens up doors that may have been locked.
A good mentor should be excited to share what they’re passionate about. They should be able to commit to at least six months. They should be a good listener. Reliable. Understanding.
All mentorships are starting virtual, however we do have protocol in place for in-person meetings.
Connecting Champions does due diligence to set everyone up for success, including but not limited to matching mentors and participants based on personality, not just interests. You’ll also never be alone on the call – someone from our organization will always be on the call to help facilitate relationship building. We’re available before and after calls for reflection and planning, too. Rarely, a relationship just doesn’t click – we’re here to help find the right fit for everyone.
Mentor visits vary depending on the participant, their interests, age, etc. However, you can expect to share in your passions and interests, listen, play games or do other activities. We often order and ship supplies related to the kid or young adult’s field of interest so they and their mentor can learn over video.
We will manage all logistics – back and forth communication and scheduling, we provide real-time support (pre- or post-meeting planning as well as being present on all calls), and we can order supplies and activities that mentors think would help build each friendship.
We ask our mentors for a minimum of one hour a month for six months. On average, mentorships meet 1-3 times per month.
Yes, you can! Everyone needs to apply separately and complete all liability forms and background checks.
Definitely – it’s not uncommon for us to invite guest speakers to share their experience and expertise.
Or contact Friendship@ConnectingChampions.org / 412.376.3755