Volunteer FAQ

What are some of the activities mentors can provide for their mentee?

Many times, CROSSROADS mentors are the only visitors that these children have while they are placed in the probation facilities. Mentors are allowed to play cards, games, read and just be a listening ear for their assigned youth. The youth are required to stay on the campus of the facility they are living and cannot leave with a volunteer for any reason.

What are the requirements to become a mentor with CROSSROADS?

CROSSROADS mentors must be 21 years of age. We also ask that you complete an application packet, provide copies of your driver's license and auto insurance, submit to a background check and fingerprinting process, and attend a training session.

How long does it take to process my application?

It typically takes approximately 2 - 4 weeks to process mentor applications. This largely depends on how quickly you can schedule a time to be fingerprinted.

Where do volunteers perform their mentoring duties?

Volunteers perform their duties at one of several Juvenile Probation facilities and in the community.

More information about the above locations.

How often is a volunteer required to meet with their assigned youth?

We ask a mentor to visit at least 1 hour a week.

When does a volunteer mentor during the week?

Mentors are allowed to visit their assigned youth during the evenings and weekends. Exact times vary with the facility.

Are volunteers limited to one volunteer area at only one facility?

No. Volunteers are given the choice to follow the youth if they are transferred to another facility as long as it is one we already send volunteers to.

Does CROSSROADS only serve children in the custody of Harris County Juvenile Probation?

Youth participants are referred to the programs by a counselor, Juvenile Probation Office (JPO), case worker, youth specialist, and/or parent or guardian.