Resources & Downloads
Independent Outing Permission Slip
Mentor matches are able to participate in outings in the community with the permission of program staff and the student’s parent/guardian. This form is used for parent permission for each outing. You must let an Affinity Mentoring staff know if you’re planning an outing and we’ll help you make arrangements.
The mentor is required to obtain and pass a FBI Fingerprint check [a GRPS requirement]. Furthermore, a motor vehicle record check, proof of a valid driver’s license and auto insurance are required. Volunteers and staff are not permitted to take the child off school grounds without these requirements met. [Even during school breaks, mentors are still required to abide by all Affinity Mentoring and Grand Rapids Public Schools/Godfrey-Lee Public School policies if the mentoring match is still active under the program.]
Preventing Gang Membership
Learn about how to talk with a youth about gangs and how to prevent youth involvement in gangs.
Talk to Youth About Gangs
Talking about gangs can be a challenge. Here are some great tips to prepare for the conversation.
Gang Awareness Guide
A resource about gang activity in the Grand Rapids community and how to prevent youth involvement.
Saying goodbye can be difficult. Here are some tips for how to end your mentoring relationship well.
Leadership training programs designed specifically for ages 3-23
Podcasts for Middle Schoolers
Reference Form for Prospective Mentors
Each prospective mentor is required to have two references on file. Both references should be a non-related individual whom the applicant has known more than a year.
This form should be completed by the reference and sent back directly to Affinity Mentoring at firstname.lastname@example.org or to our mailing address [818 Butterworth St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504].
Independent Outing and Transportation Policies
Complete policies for mentors, volunteers, and staff regarding unsupervised contact, transportation, and independent outings.
Submit Progress Reports Online
After your mentoring hour is completed, you will fill out the Progress Report online by clicking “Log a Session” on the mentor section of our website.
Login with your username and password. Your username is the email you provided when you applied. If it is your first time logging in, click “Forgot Password” and you will have the chance to see it.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Policy
To provide vision for diversity, equity and inclusion within Affinity Mentoring and to hold the organization accountable to its core beliefs while striving towards consistent alignment with the founding Mission: “Affinity Mentoring will interrupt the cycle of poverty through mentoring relationships that improve students’ academic achievements, social skills and self-esteem.” Affinity Mentoring will promote inclusion, celebrate diversity and uphold equity in its business partnerships, mentoring relationships and every aspect of service delivery, materials, activities and environment.
Photo + Testimonial Release
From time to time, Affinity Mentoring uses information, testimonies, video and/or photographs of those participating in activities affiliated with Affinity Mentoring in promotional, educational, and informational materials that tell groups and/or individuals about what is taking place in and across our organization, as well as express need for volunteers and/or resources.
Volunteer Policy and Procedure Handbook
This volunteer handbook contains important key policies, goals, benefits, and expectations of Affinity Mentoring as well as other information that you will need. It is not a contract nor is it an invitation to contract. This manual supersedes all previous manuals, policies and memos that have been issued on policies covered in this manual.
OARS Model: Essential Communication Skills
OARS is a skills-based, client-centered model of interactive techniques. These skills include verbal and non-verbal responses and behaviors that need to be culturally sensitive and appropriate. This model integrates the five principles of providing quality counseling from the QFP recommendations. Using these skills will help establish and maintain rapport with your client, assess your client’s needs, and personalize your counseling and education responses.
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