2008-2009 Circle of Sisters volunteers

Circle Mentor

Your primary role as circle mentor is to help the facilitator in leading a Circle of Sisters group of 10-15 girls. You will be supporting the facilitator by leading activities, planning the agenda, and having fun while engaging with the girls-all in conjunction with the curriculum.  The facilitator will provide monthly updates on ideas for planning, and engaging the group with different activities. If you’d like to implement your own ideas and creativity, approach your facilitator with a plan. Circle of Sisters welcomes your talents, skills and ideas.


  • Interviewing process
  • Fingerprinting/Background check (out of pocket cost of approx. $18)
  • TB test cleared
  • Orientation with Facilitator to develop working style
  • Minimum time commitment of one semester


  • Coordinate snack and daily supplies before girls arrive (depending on site location)
  • Assist with homework help when necessary
  • Encourage girls to participate in daily activities
  • Communicate weekly with Mentor Facilitator
  • Provide a positive and meaningful environment for participants


  • Recommendation letter upon completion
  • Fills internship requirement depending on major/department (i.e. 1 unit, 45 hours)
  • Free training opportunities
  • Possible Continuing Education Units for Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • Opportunities to develop group facilitation skills, classroom management, curriculum implementation and youth-work experience


Unpaid; a Circle of Sisters volunteer will gain a sense of Civic Ownership; they will receive hands-on experience in the field of youth work/advocacy. This opportunity is excellent for first-time and seasoned volunteers. Volunteering with Circle of Sisters is a customizable experience in which volunteers have the freedom to facilitate or co-facilitate an already existing program including multiple topics, with the opportunity to create and present their own ideas.

Additional Information:

Groups are 2.5-3 hours depending on site, and 1 day a week. Volunteers are encouraged to arrive at their site 15 min. early. Site locations are located throughout Sonoma County. Due to district requirements, it is important to apply for this internship as soon as possible. Fingerprinting and background checks are required because of the nature of this internship. This process may take up to 4 weeks, so the sooner an application is processed the sooner one can complete their hours. Fingerprinting is free of charge through the Bellevue Union School District. All students volunteering within this district are required to get background checked with Circle of Sisters as well as through the district. Students completing internship requirements will be placed in Bellevue Union School District sites no later than September 1st. Volunteers are encouraged to arrive at their site 15 min. early. Site locations are located throughout Sonoma County.

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Please contact our office for more information at 707-525-5311 or joann.sotres@stjoe.org