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. , 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, guidance and serves as a role model and wise friend to the student. Through mentoring, students gain valuable life skills, self confidence and appreciation of goal-setting and achievement. 
    Requirements to become a Gaston County School Mentor 
    • 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 you would like to go to. 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 throughout the school year.  For more information or to reserve your seat for a mentor training, call Valerie Yatko, Director of Business and Community Partnerships, at 704-866-6329 or email

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