Be a Parent Mentor

Mentor a Young Parent

Joining the FamilyWise community as a Bright Beginnings parent mentor is one of the most powerful ways to make an impact as a volunteer, especially now: today the group of young parents waiting to be matched with mentors outnumbers our volunteer pool.

How does it work?

Once you join, FamilyWise provides all the mentor training you’ll need. Because young parents need both consistency and stability, we ask volunteer mentors for a one-year commitment to our Bright Beginnings program.

Mentors meet with young parents twice a month, and connect weekly by phone. In addition, mentors help out with meals and transportation for the monthly all-participant meeting. Bright Beginnings is a great opportunity to personally connect with a young parent and create a long-term connection!

Participation in Bright Beginnings is free for young parents.

Mentor Eligibility

In addition to passing a background check and completing training, all FamilyWise mentors must follow these principles:

  • Commit to being involved with your mentee for at least one year
  • Respect individuals’ right to make their own choices in life
  • Ability to empathize with another person’s struggles
  • Ability to see solutions and opportunities as well as barriers.
  • Flexibility and openness.

FamilyWise is located in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota and mentors would need to live in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Fill out mentor interest form


Reach out to our Mentor specialist.

Heidi Langeberg

Mentor Specialist