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Who are mentors?

Americans who decide to make a difference by helping their New Neighbors are at all stages of life--retired individuals, college students, married couples, families with children, or pairs of friends who want to share the responsibility--and fun! 

What do mentors do?

Mentors share 1 hour per week, for 6 months, tutoring and mentoring. Activities vary from family to family, and according to your abilities, but frequently include English practice, homework tutoring, culture swapping, driving practice, exploring the community, and sharing meals together.

Are you ready to mentor?


Mentoring a refugee or non-English speaking family is incredibly rewarding, and the payoffs to your new neighbor(s) are enormous. Click the blue button below below to sign up! You can also print the PDF and scan or snail-mail it to us.

Mentors will also be asked to complete and pay for a background check and agree to a driver's license check (if they will be transporting individuals or families). This is to protect our newly arrived and low-English speaking New Americans, who are a vulnerable population. The cost is approximately $32. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know right away; we are very happy to speak with you.


Have questions first? Contact us!

Other Volunteer Opportunities


A mentoring commitment  may not fit your life right now. Instead, consider alternative volunteering options, like event support, English day camp tutoring, providing rides, gathering donations, or helping one of our partners like Lutheran Social Services-New American Services, the Bismarck Public Library, or the Adult Learning Center on the BSC campus.