Our Mentors

Boundless Mentor

Boundless mentors are with their particular student the whole time during the after-school program

  • matched one-on-one with a child
  • commits to once a week mentoring
  • may mentor outside of program

Dynamic Mentor

Dynamic mentors are interested in making a difference but on a wider scale. Instead of being matched with one particular student, they help out where needed.

  • commits to once a week mentoring
  • matched one-on-one with a child
  • may mentor outside of program

Early Birds

Early Birds are morning tutors that help our middle school students with their homework from 8:00 – 9:00 am.

  • commits to once a week mentoring
  • matched one-on-one with a child
  • may mentor outside of program

United Mentor

Prayer is a huge component of a Christian’s life. We at LNFI believe in the power of prayer and hope you will join United, our prayer team, as we pray for our students, schools and community.

  • commits to praying every day
  • prays for a specific child each month
  • may mentor in our programs

Boost Mentor

Boost Mentors can sponsor events or field trips, contact local businesses, etc.

  • member of the fundraising team
  • required to mentor in our programs

Vital Mentor

Vital Mentors assist in the LNFI office; helping with the newsletter, packing treat bags, etc.

  • added to email list
  • required to mentor in our programs

Frequently Asked Questions

LNFI after-school has 2 types of programs:

  • Elementary (serves 2nd-5th graders) Monday-Thursday from 3:00-5:30pm
  • Middle School (serves 6th-8th graders) Monday-Thursday 8:00-9:00am & 4:30-6:30 pm
As a mentor, we ask that you try to volunteer at least once a week for 1-3 hours. We are very flexible and appreciate any amount of time you can spend with our students. We would love to have you volunteer more than once a week, but it is not required.
Once you have reviewed the mentor descriptions, simply complete the online application. Once we receive your application, we will review it and let you know about upcoming training sessions. You will then attend a training session where we will discuss the LNFI after-school program and what to expect when mentoring. You will also fill out the FWISD background check, once that is processed and your references have been contacted we will inform of your approval as a mentor. Before we match you with a student we may ask you to mentor at the LNFI program for 1-2 weeks letting us know if there is a child you enjoyed working with.
Mentors will be assigned to one LNFI after-school program. This year we currently are serving the following schools:

  • IM Terrell Elementary (1411 IM Terrell Circle, Ft. Worth, TX 76102)
  • Eastern Hills Elementary (5917 Shelton St., Ft. Worth, TX 76112)
  • Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary (501 Missouri Ave., Ft. Worth, TX 76104)
  • JP Elder Middle (709 NW 21st Street, Ft. Worth, TX 76164)
Each program has about 50 students. LNFI values relationships, so we break our kids up into smaller groups. Each group is led by a Specialist and Assistants. At times all our students may be in the same area (cafeteria, gym, etc.) but they are always in their assigned groups. Each group may have up to 16-17 students with 2-3 LNFI staff members.
LNFI is dedicated to serving the needs of at-risk kids in the Fort Worth area. Some LNFI programs are located in high-crime areas. We always encourage our staff and volunteers to not leave valuables visible in their car, walk in groups, and always be aware of your surroundings. We have never had an incidence before and even discuss safety precautions during our training.
No, our LNFI staff members are responsible for the day-to-day activities and behavior of all our students. If you would like to have a bigger role, please let your Specialist know your interest.
If you are working with a student who is being disrespectful, disobedient, or unruly the first action is to stay calm. At LNFI, we do not yell at our students. If it is a behavior is that is not too serious, ignore it and try to redirect them (they may be using this behavior to get your attention or to get a reaction out of you). If it is a behavior that cannot be ignored, very calmly but sternly let them know their behavior is unacceptable. You then want to smile and try to speak about something else (this lets them know you are not mad at them). They may pout, but you need to move on and ignore that behavior and stay positive. If it is a serious behavior like calling another student a bad name, you may take this opportunity to speak with the student about their behavior and advising them on a better way to handle their anger. At any point you do not feel comfortable, seek the help of an LNFI staff member.
We try very hard to look at your common interests (from your application) as well as the student’s personality to make a successful match. We also encourage our new Boundless mentors to visit with our students the first week or two and suggest a student you enjoyed working with. However, if you’re not happy with your match, we will delicately try to see if another child will be more suited.
Yes! Please communicate with your Specialist or Site Supervisor to let them know what area you would like to further help.
Our hope is that every child could have a one-on-one mentor. You would simply make your request known to your Specialist and Volunteer Coordinator.
We do not allow mentoring outside of the LNFI program. However, we do allow mentors to eat lunch with their student during the school day. You must be a consistent mentor with LNFI for at least 4 months and seek approval from your Site Supervisor and Volunteer Coordinator.