VOLUNTEER: Join us with the gift of your time or talent! empowerHER is a grassroots organization and relies on the support of tireless volunteers from our local community and beyond. We are a volunteer-driven organization and rely on our volunteer base to help plan our signature events, help fundraise throughout the year and also perform administrative duties. . . all with the same passion and conviction. To join our efforts, please complete the following volunteer inquiry. Please note if you are interested in being a Mentor you should complete the Mentor application found HERE.
MENTORSHIP: Our one-on-one mento program is for girls ages 5-23. empowerHER mentors support the growth and empowerment of each young girl, inspiring creativity and building confidence. Our mentors help young girls find their voice and help them to see this beautiful life still at their fingertips. Mentorship changes the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people across the country and at empowerHER, our program is tailored to meet the changing needs of the family following loss. empowerHER does not replace the role of the mother or minimize the role of the father, stepmother or other family/friend in the girl's life. Our program is designed to provide additional support and resources throughout the year for the girl and her family. empowerHER Mentors are women of all ages, ethnicity, and backgrounds. In some cases, our mentors are women who can relate to the loss. In other cases, mentors have not experienced the loss of their mothers, however, they have extraordinary life experiences to share with a young girl. In some instances, empowerHER matches a young girl with a woman from her own community (i.e. a former teacher, coach, family friend, etc.) or with a woman from the empowerHER community. Mentees are offered friendship, inspiration and support in a safe and nurturing environment! The safety of each empowerHER young girl is our top priority. Our Mentor Program conducts a thorough background check on each prospective mentor and every relationship is closely monitored by a professionally trained match coordinator.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can anyone become a mentor? In order to become a mentor, you must be a female that is at least 21 years of age. If you meet these requirements, and are interested in becoming a mentor, you will complete an application and supporting documents. You must also be able to pass both a CORI check and driving record check to be considered.
Is it a requirement that each mentor have experienced the loss of their mother? No. Our mentors are positive role models from the community and while some may have experienced the loss of their mother others have not.
What is the time commitment for mentors in this program? Each mentor is asked to commit to approximately 5 hours per month for a 12 month period. This commitment may consist of one-to-one activities, group outings, and communication via phone. Each mentor will be required to attend one in-service mentor training per calendar year and report in to our mentor staff monthly.
If special circumstances arise, what steps would a mentor take if they can no longer keep up with the required commitment? We understand that there will be circumstances and events in one’s life that will arise, that may cause them to no longer be able to commit to the mentor program. empowerHER works through the process, following guidelines outlined in our policy & procedural manual.
- Is the mentor responsible for the cost of any or all activities with their mentee? All programs and activities at empowerHER remain at no charge to the mentee and her family. It is our goal all activities will be low cost or no cost to the mentor. empowerHER partners with many generous partners such as area retailers, fitness studios, hair salons, sporting venues, and more that can offer no cost activities and outings.
- What happens when a mentee shares information with a mentor that puts themselves or others in danger? Mentors receive twice annual training to review these and other crucial mentor program guidelines. We support the mentor every step of the way and these and other sensitive aspects of our program are reviewed with the family and the mentor at the time of the match.
- What types of activities can mentors partake in with their mentee? All activities take place in the young girl's natural environment. Depending on the interest of the mentee, some may enjoy outings such as lunch, walks/hikes, taking a trip to the city or other desired location, spending time outdoors, etc. The mentor communicates regularly with the parent/guardian and we encourage the mentor & mentee to brainstorm fun and exciting activities to take part in! empowerHER also hosts many events throughout the year that the mentors and mentees may attend together.
- Does the mentor choose their own mentee? Both the family and the prospective mentor are involved in the match process and we work together to make for the most successful match possible! Upon receiving all supporting documentation from both the mentor and mentee, empowerHER matches based upon similarity in interests, geographic proximity, and the desires of the mentor and mentee.
Any questions or concerns can be addressed with the Mentor Program Coordinator Joan Quealy, RN at, email@example.com or Cara Belvin, empowerHER Founder at 617-620-9826 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MENTEES: Enrolling in the Mentor Program is simple. Simply Click "Enroll A Girl" to begin the process. Once enrolled, we will schedule an Intake Appointment to begin the match process. You will also begin to receive all invitations to each group event that takes place throughout the year. If you should have any questions about the mentor program, please schedule a call with our Mentor Program Coordinator, Joan Quealy, R.N., and email email@example.com to schedule.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the time commitment for mentees in this program? Each mentee is asked to commit to approximately 5 hours per month for a 12 month period. This commitment may consist of one-to-one activities, group outings, and communication via phone.
- Is the parent/guardian responsible for the cost of any or all activities with their mentee? The mentor program will be at no cost to the mentee or parent/guardian. empowerHER mentors are encouraged to plan low cost or no cost activities.
- If special circumstances arise, what steps would a mentee take if they can no longer keep up with the required commitment? We understand that there will be circumstances and events in one’s life that will arise, that may cause them to no longer be able to commit to the mentor program. empowerHER works through the process, following guidelines outlined in our policy & procedural manual.
- Will there be supervision of the mentee at all times? All activities between the mentor and mentee will be approved by the parent or guardian in advance and we encourage the family and the mentor to brainstorm activities together. The mentor will always be present during meeting times with the mentee. Certain events such as group outings or retreats will have other mentor and mentee pairs present.
- Are all interested mentees accepted into the program? Mentees must be a girl between the ages of 5-18 who have experienced the loss of their mother. Mentees may be referred to the program by a family member, family friends, or school personnel. If the parent/guardian is interested in their youth becoming a part of the mentoring program, they will complete an Intake with a member of the empowerHER team.
- Will any personal information be shared on the mentee? Along with the application for the mentor program will be a Media Consent Release Form, as well as a Contact and Information Release Form. Parents/guardians will determine whether permission will be granted to use the youth’s picture or name for any form of media whether on television, the website, in print, etc. All personal information is kept confidential and we adhere to Massachusettes privacy and security policies.
- Does empowerHER host any events in which the parents/guardians are able to participate in? We are hard at work planning additional events throughout the year for the families to include siblings and other family members and close friends. Please check with your mentor for more information about upcoming events.
- Who is in charge of transporting the mentee to various activities? In order for the mentor to transport the mentee, they must pass a driving record check. Each mentor is responsible for signing a contract that states they will always obey traffic laws when in the presence of the mentee, and that they must keep a copy of the mentee’s health insurance coverage in the automobile at all times when traveling together.
Any questions or concerns can be addressed with the Mentor Program Coordinator by email.
Joan Quealy, RN, empowerHER Mentor Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or
Cara Belvin, empowerHER Founder, email@example.com
INTERNSHIPS: Each semester, empowerHER partners with Boston College interns looking forward to a career in the nonprofit sector. If you attend another college, please contact us for a phone interview for us to learn more about you, and we'll talk about how to create a valuable internship opportunity.