My child’s mentor wants to send a gift, is that okay?
Yes, if the mentor wants to acknowledge a birthday, holiday, or an achievement with a gift, this is fine. If your child receives a gift from their mentor(s), we ask that your child acknowledge the gift with a ‘thank you’ card or letter. However, it is not okay to ask for gifts and money from your mentor, ever.
My child’s mentor has not been writing, who do I inform?
Your community Friendship Volunteer is our eyes and ears in the communities; you can relay your concerns to them. They will inform the Regional Coordinator working with your community and the Regional Coordinator will assist you with your concerns.
The time will vary; it can be anywhere from one month to up to a year; this depends on individuals who contact FFC to become mentors. Potential mentors may contact us with certain preferences such as: gender, grade, similar interests, and tribal affiliation. We try to find a student that meets their preferences.
Mentors learn about FFC through a variety of approaches. Some approaches are: advertisements, networking, and through FFC staff. Our mentors span from coast to coast throughout the United States, different countries throughout the world, and encompass many different cultures.
Our Friendship Volunteers run the program in their communities; they recruit students who are interested in applying for and meeting the Friendship Program requirements. They are the people to see about obtaining an application.