Heartlink Mentoring

We're excited to share that we have our Heartlink Mentoring Program - an opportunity for our community to wrap their arms around vulnerable youth in our community! We are looking for mentors that are willing to make a 12-month commitment to a youth or young adult and help them grow and reach positive academic, career and personal goals.

Contact us regarding our next Heartlink Mentor Training. 

To get started, complete the Mentor Application or email heartlink@heartlandforchildren.org.

Mission & Vision

Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

The mission of the Heartlink Mentoring Program is to provide teens and young adults in Heartland for Children’s dependency system with the opportunity to build a successful future through a healthy sustaining relationship with a positive adult role model.


Vision Statement

Heartlink Mentoring Program envisions that every teen and young adult in Heartland for Children’s system of care will have a positive voice to help them develop strong social support, to feel that they belong, that they have value and are free to pursue their dreams.




  • What are the requirements to become a mentor?
    • You must be at least 21 years of age, be willing to make a 12-month commitment to a young person between the ages of 13-23. You must be a resident in Polk, Highlands or Hardee counties. Be willing to complete the application and background screening process.
  • How long is the time commitment for the program?
    • The program is 12-months long. However, mentors and mentees are welcome to continue the relationship long after the program ends.
  • How much time a week am I to spend with my mentee/mentor?
    • Mentors and mentees are required to spend a minimum of 4 hours per month one-on-one according to their schedules but should communicate weekly. 
  • Do I have to pay for my background screening?
    • No, Heartland for Children will cover the cost of your background screening. 
  • Do mentors have to go through any training?
    • Yes, in order to prepare our mentors they must attend an initial 4-hour training session and additional 2-hour training sessions twice during each year of participation in the program.