Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota

Become a Mentor

Become a Mentor

"Each week when I spend time with my student, I walk away with a renewed outlook on my day and my priorities. Several of my U.S. Bank co-workers have had similar experiences with mentoring and have been committed for many years. Mentoring has been a blessing to all of us, and I have no doubt we will continue this commitment for years to come."
- Carl Wynja, Mentor

  • Step 1: Application

    Complete an application and background release form. Submit online, mail or fax the completed application to Lutheran Social Services using the contact information on the form. Please be sure to complete all blanks on the application before submitting!

  • Volunteer Application (printable pdf format)

  • Step 2: Background Screening

    Upon successful completion of the background screening, which includes a criminal records check, outstanding warrants check and personal reference checks, volunteers are sent a letter via email indicating that they have cleared the application process and are ready for training. This letter also will include the school their student attends.

  • Step 3: Training

    Mentors must attend a mandatory training and orientation session before their first interaction with the student.

  • Step 4: Matching & Meeting

    School personnel, in cooperation with LSS Mentoring Programs staff, match the mentor with a student and work with mentors to schedule a time to mentor. The School-Based Mentor Program takes place at various times throughout the school day and can vary according to your schedule. For example, many mentors meet over the lunch hour.

  • Step 5: Mentoring

    In the School-Based Mentor Program, students work with their mentor to decide what they will do at each meeting. Mentors and students may be involved in a variety of activities, such as working in the computer lab, reading a book, playing basketball at the gym, eating lunch, playing games, completing art projects, or just "hanging out".