Become A Mentor

  • Sherwood Elementary Sherwood Elementary York Chester Middle
    “When you give your time, experience, and wisdom to young people, you are sowing seeds of pride, confidence,
    and accomplishment.”
    Thomas Dortch, Jr., author of
    The Miracle of Mentoring
  • Mentoring is a supportive relationship between a school-aged child and a caring adult volunteer. Through regularly-scheduled visits to the school, the mentor provides support and guidance and serves as a role model and wise friend to the student. Through mentoring, students gain valuable life skills, self confidence, and appreciation for goal-setting and achievement. 
    Requirements to become a mentor in Gaston County Schools 
    • Submit an electronic volunteer application at
    • A criminal background check is required when the application is submitted.
    • Register and attend a one-hour training and orientation class. 
    • Select a school where you would like to serve as a mentor. You may discuss options by calling (704) 866-6329.
    • Commit to meeting regularly with your mentee during the school day. All interaction takes place on school grounds during the school day.

    Volunteers can enter the mentoring program at any time during the school year.  For more information or to reserve your spot at a mentor training, call Valerie Yatko, Director of Business and Community Partnerships, at (704) 866-6329 or email her at

    Group training sessions for businesses, community groups, and faith-based organizations are available upon request.