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Virtual School-Based Mentoring

Making a Difference, one letter at a time!


Pen Pals

Est. 2020

Companions for Children's new virtual School-Based mentoring program; Pen Pals was established in 2020 to keep mentoring thriving in the Minot Community in a time when having someone to talk to was needed the most. In this program, mentors write letters with their mentee's two times per month between August and May at the pre-designated school.


Pen Pals Supporters

Are you or your business interested in sponsoring a Pen Pals classroom?

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1. Learn More

To better understand how this program works, begin by reading our Pen Pals Program Handbook. This will provide you with our criteria to become a mentor, our screening process, what your job as a mentor is and more. [CLICK ON THE BOOK TO READ THE HANDBOOK]

2. Apply Today

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR ARE NOW OPEN. Please fill out the application and a member of our staff will be in contact with you. Thank you for your interest! [CLICK THE PENCIL TO ACCESS THE APPLICATION]

3. Online Training

After scheduling your interview, our staff will email you online training and mandated reporter certification.

4. Signature Packet

After your interview, DocuSign paperwork will be emailed for you to complete your application.

5. Interview

A 30-minute time block will be scheduled to review Guidelines & Ground Rules, program details & conduct an interview, via Zoom.

6. Screening Committee (Approval/Denial)

Our screening committee will review all information collected during the screening process and approve or deny your application.

7. Mentor Orientation & Training

On a pre-designated date, Companions for Children will conduct a Mentor Orientation, virtually, to cover the technology, focus article examples, appropriate letter writing, and questions. Mentors will be provided their calendar for the year at this time.

8. Support

Mentors may reach out to Companions for Children staff at any point to discuss questions or concerns that may come up throughout the school year.