BECOMING A BRAID MENTOR IS A FOUR-STEP PROCESS:
First, fill out the online communication form and include in your comments that you are interested in becoming a foster youth mentor on the San Diego County volunteer website by clicking here. They will send you all of the application and screening materials necessary, as well as training dates. Make sure to select "Foster Youth Mentor" from their list of volunteer options that they will send you.
Second, attend the next county training class. The exact place and time of the training will be included in the initial information and application packet that you receive. Don't worry if you are unable to attend the next one on the calendar since there is a county training every two months, but it is best to go sooner than later. Also, remember that you don't have to have any of the other parts of the process finished before attending the training. It is open to everyone.
Third, attend a supplementary training at St. Luke's that will be focused specifically on the Braid Mission model.
Fourth, make sure you have completed the background check, medical screening and 6-hour training course through the county. After those are completed you will work with a case worker who will interview you and match you with a foster youth. Then the life-giving work of mentoring begins, as you coordinate with your fellow mentors to find time weekly to meet with your foster youth mentee and work regularly with your group facilitator to find times to meet and reflect together on this life changing process.
Braid Mission is a ministry of the Episcopal Church and first began in San Francisco in 2014.