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Volunteer Eligibility Requirements

Potential volunteers are carefully screened to ensure they meet the eligibility requirements:

 

 

CASA Youth Mentors Must: 

  • Be at least 25 years of age*

  • Reside in the service area 

  • Relate to and respect people from various backgrounds (economic, cultural, and educational) 

  • Have basic computer literacy (word processing, internet search and email abilities)

  • Have mature judgment, self-motivation, and time management skills

  • Able to support youth safety and well-being including being positive adult role models who:

    • Hold clean criminal histories including having never been accused, arrested, charged, or convicted of child abuse or molestation or convicted of a felony

    • Abstain from illicit drug use

    • Abstain from excessive or inappropriate alcohol or controlled substances use

    • Are not currently in treatment for substance misuse 

    • Are not currently in treatment or have been hospitalized for mental health reasons in the past three years

  • Willing to abide by program policies and procedures including:

    • Complete the screening procedure which includes signing a release of information for criminal, National Sex Offender Registry and Central Registry (CPS) checks, and providing verification of social security number and fingerprints for the National FBI criminal search

    • Commit to a minimum of one year of service (longer commitment preferred) interacting face-to-face at least four hours/month an average of four times/month with mentees

    • Support youth-directed educational, career, housing, and personal goal setting and achievement  

    • Submit complete Monthly Activity Reports by established deadlines 

    • Act as mandatory reporters of suspected neglect (training provided)

    • Maintain confidential information

  • Have access to an automobile and hold a valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and a clean driving record 

  • Transport mentees as needed if explicitly authorized to do so

 

Applicants who meet the requirements complete pre-service training before being matched with their mentees.  

*Individuals who are 22 and have completed their undergraduate degree may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. 

 

Questions? Contact Melissa Degaraff at melissa@colonialcasa.org or (757) 229-3306

CASA Associates must:

 

  • Be at least 18 years old

  • Be Reliable

  • Have basic computer literacy: (word processing, internet search and email abilities)

  • Be able to navigate through social media sites

  • Have the ability to transfer data accurately

  • Be flexible with volunteer schedule and related responsibilities

  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing

  • Maintain confidential Information
     

For more information contact info@colonialcasa.org

CASA Advocates must:

 

  • Be at least 25 years old

  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing

  • Be able to relate to and respect people from various backgrounds (economic, cultural and educational)

  • Commit to at least 46 hours of pre-service training

  • Have basic computer literacy: (word processing, internet search and email abilities)

  • Be able to gather and record factual information

  • Have mature judgment, self-motivation, and time management skills

  • Maintain confidential Information

  • Have own transportation