Become a Mentor

Open Opportunity


Be a role model. Through the Chris Crye Mentoring Program, you can become a powerful, positive force in the life of a child with emotional and behavioral challenges; mentoring provides our children the opportunity to develop one-on-one relationships with positive, caring adults, the power to overcome obstacles, and advice on making the right decisions. 

To become a Youth Villages mentor, you must: 
• Be at least 21yo
• Complete the application process including a background and fingerprint check, reference check, one hour interview, and three hour training. 
Pass a mandatory screening that includes a background and fingerprint check, as well as verification of references

You will also receive:
Commit to spending four to six hours per month one-on-one with a young person
• Ongoing support and access to group activities
• The satisfaction that you are making a difference
• Complimentary tickets to community events when possible
• Deductions for mileage and mentoring expenses

As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to:
• Support a youth through an ongoing one-on-one relationship
• Serve as a positive role model and friend
• Plan and participate in activities together
• Build self-esteem and motivation in a young person
• Set goals and work together to accomplish them

If you feel that you are interested in making a difference in a young person's life, please feel free to go to our website: or email: or call 901-252-2898.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Age Limit
21 and up
Background check, Fingerprinting, Training, Other
Requirement Details

Youth Villages COVID-19 Volunteer Protocols


·       All volunteers will check in at the front desk. You will be required to have your temperature checked and answer screening question at this time. 

·       Temp must be lower than 100.0.

·       Response to all screening questions must be no or you will be required to leave.

o   Have you had any close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?

o   Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or a sore throat?

o   Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?

o   Have you had a new loss of taste or smell?

o   Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?


·       We ask all Volunteers to use hand sanitizer prior to joining groups or going out onto campus and to sanitize between groups if interacting with youth.


·       Masks are required for all volunteers. If you need a mask, Youth Villages will provide you with one.

o   Masks must be worn appropriately at all times, including while outside and participating in activities.

Social Distancing

·       In cases where volunteers are interacting with youth, one volunteer may interact with one youth at a time.

·       Volunteers will maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet from youth, staff, and other volunteers.

·       Volunteers will sneeze or cough in a cloth or tissue, or if unavailable the inside of their elbow.

·       No hand-shaking, high fives, fist or elbow bumps, or any unnecessary physical contact is allowed.

·       Volunteers will not bring gifts; food or items. 

·       In the event a youth is not complying with social distancing guidelines, volunteers will be asked to refrain from interacting with that youth but may be given an alternative activity that can be safely conducted.


24 Positions Filled | 127 Impacts | 308 Hours