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BEST Kids Mentor Application


Thank you for taking the time to fill out our application. If you have any questions, comments, and/or concerns regarding the online application, please call BEST Kids' Recruitment and Communication Specialist Aaron Harris at 202-397-3272 (Ext 102). Thank you and we look forward to reviewing your application!
Basic Information *This question is required.
This question requires a valid date format of MM/DD/YYYY.
This question requires a valid email address.
Have you resided in any other state in the last 5 years? *This question is required.
Have you ever been known by a different name?  *This question is required.
Eligibility Information

Please answer Yes or No to the following questions: *This question is required.
Space Cell YesNo
Are you at least 21 years old?
Can you commit to participate in the BEST Kids for a minimum of one year from the time you are matched with a youth?
Are you available to meet with a child an average of ten hours per month and have contact at least once per week?
BEST Kids requires that each mentor has access to a reliable car. Do you have consistent access to a reliable car? (Car sharing services such as Car2Go, Zipcar, etc. are permitted)
Are you willing to attend a 2 hour orientation and complete 3-4 hours of online training to become a mentor?
Educational Background

High School Information
College Information
Graduate School Information
1. Emergency Contact  *This question is required.
Please list your 2 most recent employers:

Current Employer
Duration of Employment
Employer 2
Duration of Employment
2. Have you ever worked with youth, either in a volunteer capacity or employment?  *This question is required.
Please list all current and previous experience working with youth in a volunteer or employment capacity.
Do you have any other experience working with children? 
Have you ever been convicted of drinking and driving?  *This question is required.
Have you ever received treatment for alcohol or substance abuse? *This question is required.
At any time during the past five years, have you used illegal drugs or other illegal controlled substances? *This question is required.
Have you ever been treated or hospitalized for a mental disorder? *This question is required.
Have you ever abused a minor or engaged in any conduct that could be regarded as child abuse or neglect, including but not limited to murder, abduction for immoral purposes, sexual assault, failing to secure medical attention for an injured child, pander, crimes against nature involving children taking indecent liberties with children, neglect of children, obscenity offenses, or similar moral impropriety involving children? *This question is required.
Have you ever been convicted of or pleaded guilty to, or are charges pending against you concerning any other crime? *This question is required.
Do you have any reason to believe that a check on you with the National Crime Index Service, Central Criminal Records Index, and national child abuse databases, as well as local law enforcement officials and child protective services would disclose any negative information? *This question is required.
Do you agree to submit your electronic finger print cards to allow your criminal history background check to be released to BEST Kids and CFSA? *This question is required.
Do you have a driver's license? *This question is required.
Do you have any motor vehicle violations (excluding non-moving violations) filed against you during the past ten years? *This question is required.
Clearance Timeline

The following clearances must be completed in order to be matched with a mentee through BEST Kids:
  • Signed copy of the Requirements and Responsibilities of a BEST Kids' Mentor
  • An up-to-date copy of a valid driver's license and proof of auto insurance (if applicable)
  • Certified record of driving history
  • A notarized Child Protective Registry form for Washington DC, as well as any locations applicant has lived in past 5 years 
  • FBI criminal history clearance
  • CFSA/BEST Kids confidentiality form
  • TB and health clearance
I understand I must return all of the following completed items in a timely manner before becoming approved to mentor through BEST Kids. BEST Kids staff will assist with this process once the application has been completed. *This question is required.
Please list the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three people you would like to use as character and professional references.

YOU MUST provide at least one professional reference and one reference who can speak to your suitability to work with youth. 

Please list only people you have known for at least a year. Any information BEST Kids gathers from these references will be held as confidential and not released to you. Three references are required.

Reference 1: *This question is required.
Reference 2:
Reference 3: