Frequently Asked Questions
What grades can I mentor?
Students are mentored in Kindergarten through grade 12.
What schools are participating?
McDowell Mountain Elementary (grades K-3), Fountain Hills Middle School (4-8) and Fountain Hills High School (9-12) are all participating in The Program.
What are the school hours?
Each school has a slightly different time schedule, but mentoring occurs during the basic school day hours of 9AM to 3PM.
Where does mentoring take place?
Mentoring takes place at each individual school. Please check the Our Schools page for a location map to each school.
Do I need a teaching degree to be a mentor?
No! You will receive the student’s work from the teacher.
Do I have to be able to teach all subjects?
Another No! You do not have to be able to teach any subject! Work and instruction is provided by the teacher. You reinforce the skills with activities and provide your own experience and learning to assist the child. Your strengths in subject areas are taken into consideration as we match up mentors and mentees.
Can I mentor more than one child?
Yes, you may mentor more than one child. However, we try to keep a one to one mentor relationship. Some mentors mentor one child for a half hour or 45 minutes, and then mentor another child for a session immediately following.
What is the school year time frame for mentoring?
Mentoring begins in September, shortly after the school year begins, and finishes up in May.
What happens if I don’t get to Arizona until December and I leave before the school year is over?
We work with your time available and just ask you to let the teacher and mentor administrator know before you leave in the spring. We will work with you to prepare your mentee for the ending of your time together.
What happens if we have a vacation planned during the school year?
We ask that you notify the teacher in advance as to when you will be absent, and let your mentee know also. It is great when you can come back and share your experience with your mentee.
What is the time commitment involved to mentor?
We ask for 45 to 60 minutes one day each week during the school year. This is all it takes to make a difference in the life of a child.
Is every child who needs mentoring “at risk”?
All children are “at risk” within society today without support from caring adults. The students we work with are at risk for many reasons. They range from being unsuccessful in the traditional classroom, to not being challenged in school, to having come from a non-traditional family environment. Mentors offer students another view to life, another caring adult.
What training do I need?
There is a 2 hour orientation and training before you begin mentoring your student. That’s it! Mentor Resources, The Mentor Resource Guide and Quick Mentoring Tips are available on this site. Or just email, or call 480-664-5262. Additionally, you can always discuss any questions with the teacher or another mentor.
Why should Companies adopt a mentoring program and support their staff in becoming mentors?
Through mentoring, your employees will have opportunities to support their professional development (e.g. time management, communication, teamwork, motivating others, etc.), while supporting the personal development of a young person.
If I can’t mentor at this time, how can I make a donation?
I want to be a mentor! How do I get started?
Fill out your Mentor Profile Form, print it out and put it in the mail.. We will contact you from there, so you can begin making a difference in the life of a child.
Still have questions? Please email us,
or give us a call at 480-664-5262