It is impossible to put a price on friendship but BFM) depends on generous grants and private donations to continue providing high quality programs. The cost to mentor one youth is $1,000 per child. Attending and sponsoring our fundraising events, including Giving Hearts Day, Easter Bunny Photos, A Chocolate Affair Plus, Family Fun Day and Santa Photos are terrific ways to support local mentoring.
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Become a Mentor or Volunteer
General description of the program and of the Senior Friend’s role: BFMP matches youth ages 6-16 in southwest North Dakota with responsible, caring adult role models in their home communities. A Senior Friend provides a one-to-one friendship with a child who may need a caring adult role model to maximize their social, academic and physical potential.
Senior Friend Responsibilities:
- Spend at least 4-6 hours per month with the Junior Friend
- Be prompt, courteous, and considerate
- Model a positive, caring, and responsible lifestyle
- Attend program orientation and at least two training sessions per year
- Submit a log of time spent volunteering with BFMP
- Maintain confidentiality concerning the Junior Friend and his or her family
- Keep the office staff informed of address and phone number changes, and any extended absences or resignation
- 16 years or older and at least a high school junior
- Enjoy spending time with youth
- Have time to consistently contact a child by phone at least once a week or in person at least 4-6 hours per month
- Commit to the program for at least nine months
- Consent to background and reference checks
Benefits of Mentoring:
- Build leadership and vocational skills while contributing to a child’s productivity, creativity, and community responsibility
- Create new and meaningful relationships with mentees and other BFMP volunteers
- Attend regular training for personal growth and development
- Do or teach things you enjoy with someone who shares your interests
- Fill a void in a child’s life