Recruiting Mentors

This section will provide tips on how to focus your recruitment strategy to find and engage mentors who will be appropriate for your program and its young people.

On this page you can:

  • Find documents to guide your policy on eligibility guidelines and the recruitment of mentors.
  • Read tips on how to recruit enough mentors to meet your program target, including suggestions as to how to recruit male mentors (traditionally harder to engage).
  • Be assisted by a mentor recruitment checklist to help ensure the mentors you attract are suitable for your program.
Eligibility (Policy)

This example policy document comes from the suite of materials created for the VYMA Quality Assurance Project. All policies are based on a fictional youth mentoring program (‘GenYZ Mentoring’). Please treat these as a starting point for your policy and adapt and change them to reflect your own program’s requirements and design.

This document covers eligibility of program applicants. It covers a list of requirements for potential participants, recommended procedures when an applicant is deemed not suitable, and the importance of full disclosure to participants that acceptance is not automatic.

Policy and Procedure – Eligibility (Word, 58Kb)


For the complete list of Quality Assurance Support Materials, please click here.


Recruiting Mentors (Policy)

This example policy document outlines suggestions on how to source mentors who are an appropriate fit for your program and its young people.

Policy and Procedure - Recruitment of Mentors (Word, 57Kb)



Recruiting sufficient quality mentors

These tips provide a wealth of ideas on how to source and recruit quality mentors, including the use of media, community opportunities, and existing resources.

Tips - Recruiting sufficient quality mentors (PDF, 290Kb)


Recruiting Male Mentors

This list will provide ideas on how to tailor your marketing and promotional materials to attract male volunteers to your program through relevant networks and other community services.

Tips - Recruiting enough Male Mentors (PDF, 285Kb)



The following checklist is a useful guide to help assess whether you have covered all your bases.

This list is from an established set, originally printed in ‘A Guide to Effective Practice for Mentoring Young People’, 2007, Office for Youth, Department of Planning & Community Development’

Recruitment of Mentors

This checklist covers resources which will assist you when recruiting mentors, including: mentor position descriptions, accessing volunteer networks through allied local organisations, and suggestions on appropriate information to provide to prospective mentors.

Quality Practice Checklists - Recruitment of Mentors (PDF, 280Kb)


For the complete list of Quality Practice Checklists, please click here.