FAQ's about the Youth Mentor Program

Where do the Youth Mentors Come From?

Youth Mentors are people living with alopecia areata, between the ages of 17-30 that would like to share their experience and be able to support others. Many of our mentors have been part of the NAAF Community for years, attending the Annual International Patient Conference, NAAF support groups, or other NAAF Community activities. Others are new to NAAF and are now part of an ever expanding network of young adults who want to give back by sharing what they have learned has helped them to cope.

How does the Youth Mentor Program work?

Youth Mentors and mentees connect through a platform where mentors provide a short bio about themselves for parents and kids to review. Once the mentor/mentee connection is made through NAAF, the conversations and process would happen over skype, phone calls, and face to face. This is something that would primarily happen outside of the NAAF conference, year round. We ask that Youth Mentor's agree to mentor 2 mentees per year, and commit to spending a minimum of 2 hours a month with each mentee.  

How do I become a Youth Mentor?

To become a Youth Mentor, you must submit an application and go through an interview and screening process.  You will also be required to take NAAF’s Youth Mentor e-training course. Once you have completed the application, screening and training process and are accepted, we will include your information on the mentor match platform and help you get matched! 

How do I find a Youth Mentor for my child or me (as a parent)?

To find a mentor for you and/or your child, go to our Youth Mentor Program Page to identify a mentor in your area that your child thinks best matches his/her interest. Click the blue 'Connect' button next to that mentor and you will automatically be directed to the enrollment form for your child.  At the top of that page there is a question in a box: 'Interested in enrolling yourself into our mentee program?' If you are searching for a mentor for yourself as a parent, you would complete that form instead. NAAF will then make an introduction for you, your child and the mentor.

What screening process do you use to allow a volunteer to become a mentor?

NAAF’s Youth Mentors submit an application, have an interview, reference check and background check. They are also required to participate in a 2- hour training.

What if my child doesn’t like their mentor?

We do our best to identify the best match, however, if that match does not work out, we will work with you to find a new one!

How much does the Program cost?

There is no fee to join the program. However, activities that are scheduled between the mentor and mentee may cost money and payment shall be worked out between the mentor and the mentees parents/guardian. (such as the cost of a meal, or bowling)

How long will my child have his/her mentor?

We ask for a one-year commitment from participants, however, this can be extended upon agreement from mentor/mentee.

What are the hours for the match activity?

This schedule is to be determined between mentor/mentee families. Typically, activities would take place on the weekends.

If you have any further questions, please contact our Youth Mentor Program Coordinator, Eugene Levinson at 415-472-3780.