Next Naomi Project Mentor Training: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Address: Kelly Square, 10777 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030. Rowland Conference Ctr., 3rd Floor
The Naomi Project generally holds two volunteer mentor trainings per year. It is important that the program attract volunteers with language skills representing the ethnically diverse nature of the community. Bilingual volunteers who speak Spanish are greatly needed. English-only volunteers also welcome. Trainings average 20 new volunteers per year. Of these, more than half of our trained volunteers take on a new referral when their first match has ended.
After participating in the required training session, volunteers are matched in one-on-one mentoring relationships with at-risk pregnant and newly parenting women. The Naomi Project makes a commitment to be with the women referred to the program until their children reach the age of three.
The training is all day, and begins with registration and light refreshments at 8:30 a.m. The training usually concludes around 4 p.m. Lunch is provided. Training sessions include an overview of the Naomi Project, what it means to be a mentor, presentations by active mentors and Area Coordinators, an informational session by a public health nurses, and a session on resources and developing the mentor-client relationship.
To become a mentor, you must complete the volunteer application and attend the training. Click here to download the Application (MS Word)
There is a nonrefundable registration fee of $35 to cover materials for the training session, a criminal background check and food on the day of the session. Please mail the application and check to the attention of Jill Beres, Britepaths, 4080 Chain Bridge Road, 2nd Floor. The check should be made out to Britepaths, and write "Naomi Project Training" in the Memo line. If you prefer, you may complete the application and email it to email@example.com, then mail the check to Britepaths.
Training class sizes are limited, and preference is given to those who have registered in advance. Recent sessions have been full and we have had to start a waiting list; please do not put off registration!