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.

Mentor Training Dates

Date Time Location
10/11/2022 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Gaston Business Association, 601 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia

Quotes from Mentors

  • "I am a mentor because it has given me the opportunity to invest in a young man who has lots of potential but needs guidance and direction. It has been a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community." Jon 

    "I mentor because it is how I am able to invest in the community that invested in me." -GCS mentor

    "I am a mentor because the success and well being of our young people is the future of society - if all I ever do is help a person to succeed and make a lasting impression which changes that person's life, then I feel like I have succeeded. If they win - we win!" Scot Hughes

    "I am a mentor because there are too many children that do not have the love and support they need. small gift of time and presence (can) give a child a better chance to succeed." - GCS mentor
  • D'Myah Matthews

    D'Myah Matthews of Stuart W. Cramer High School is this year's recipient of the Paul Fuller Scholarship. She is pictured with her mentor of 11 years, Wendy Bradly.