Mentor Position Description

A Mentor, with our Design Your Future program, is an empowering, knowledgeable, resourceful, adult volunteer who serves as a support and trusted confidant to an Emerging Artist on our Studio Crew.  The Mentor helps to ensure that the Emerging Artist develops important academic, professional and life skills, is exposed to a network of opportunities and a wide array of resources, makes positive professional and educational choices, and builds/follows through with a plan in terms of their long-term goals. 

The Mentor’s Responsibility to the Emerging Artist

Every volunteer Mentor must:

  • Be able to commit to spending at least twelve months in a relationship with a young creative professional
  • Meet at least four hours per month (or one hour per week), to engage in professional/educational/career-oriented development activities
  • Communicate with Emerging Artist consistently – by telephone or email – to keep in touch about what is going on in their lives
  • Honor all commitments made to the Emerging Artist and Arts on the Block
  • Be respectful of Emerging Artist’s time, opinions, and decision-making
  • Serve as a positive role model by modeling Positive Youth Development behaviors – e.g., patience, active listening, respect
  • Be comfortable and able to establish appropriate boundaries with Emerging Artist 
  • Be encouraging and supportive of Emerging Artist
  • Help Emerging Artist develop a milestone plan for achieving their long-term educational/career-oriented goals by the use of short-term goals 

The Mentor’s Responsibility to Arts on the Block

Every volunteer Mentor must:

  • Attend quarterly meetings with other Advocates to discuss the Design Your Future Program successes and areas to improve
  • Communicate regularly with the Program Coordinators to track the progress and goals of the Emerging Artist
  • Support the building of a safe, supportive, welcoming, and trauma-sensitive environment 


All volunteer Mentors must:

  • Have at least 5 years of professional experience
  • Submit an application, including two references, to Arts on the Block
  • Previous volunteer experience desired
  • Exhibit a genuine passion to empowering young creative leaders
  • Have a solid network of connections and willingness to share resources and make professional connections
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Reside in the DMV area or be an Arts on the Block alum living elsewhere and able to work virtually


To express interest, fill out this quick online form or contact Melissa Ezelle,

If you are a DMV-area professional or AOB alum living elsewhere and able to mentor virtually, please apply by November 13th.

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