Mentoring Matters: Starkville Community Mentor Training

Volunteer Starkville is proud to partner with local mentor experts to offer our Mentoring Matters: Community Mentor Training for those in our community who want to serve as mentors in our community. This training is offered every fall as school starts back and not only provides you with valuable tips on being an effective mentor, but also matches you to local mentor opportunities based on your interests and skills!

Do you want to volunteer as a mentor? Are you already volunteering as a mentor but not exactly sure how or what to do? Volunteer Starkville is hosting a community mentor training on Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at the GSDP Board Room (3rd Floor). This mentor training will feature several local mentor experts that will cover a wide range of mentoring topics. Once you have participated in this training, you should have the knowledge and resources to go forward, volunteer as a mentor, and achieve a successful relationship with your mentee!

The mentor training will cover the following topics:

Need for Mentors in Our Community
Role of a Mentor
Challenges of Mentoring
Benefits of a Mentorship
10 Principles of Effective Mentoring
Establishing Trust & a Relationship with Your Mentee
Bullying: Awareness to Action

Each training participant will receive a Starkville Community Mentor Guidebook as well as dinner! Also, each participant will complete a Mentor Interest Sheet so Volunteer Starkville can match you with a nonprofit in need of mentors that best align with your interests! To register for the mentor training, email Kauthar Gaber at

GYSD Youth Service & Leadership Training Series

Volunteer Starkville hosts an annual GYSD Youth Service & Leadership Training Series December – April for juniors and seniors attending a high school in Oktibbeha County, MS. The purpose of this training program is to integrate youth voice and youth leadership into our community through service on Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), train our Starkville/Oktibbeha County youth to become volunteer leaders in our community, and aid them in preparing for college and their careers. By participating in this program, youth participants will not only be empowered to plan and implement their own GYSD project while working with other youth, but they will also be equipped to lead service projects to meet needs in our community in the future. Youth participants will also gain valuable knowledge that will help them prepare for college and their career.

We will be accepting only 30 participants for the 2016-2017 program and students will have to complete a program application and undergo an interview to compete for a position. Program participants must be either a Junior or Senior in High School located in Oktibbeha County. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, October 31, 2016 by 5:00 PM. Applicants will be notified via email if they are chosen to be interviewed by Wednesday, November 2, 2016 and interviews will be conducted between 4:00 – 6:00 PM on Monday, November 7, 2016 – Friday, November 11, 2016. To register, complete the application for your high school provided below and submit to the counselor listed in the application.

Volunteer Leader Training for Individuals & Groups

Volunteer Starkville offers a 2-hour Volunteer Leader Training for individuals and groups who are interested in learning more on how to become active, engaged citizens in their community through service. Planning a successful service project takes time and attention to details and planning for a large scale project can be overwhelming without the right structural foundation. This training walks participants through a 7-step process to to successfully plan a service project that addresses a community need they have identified. Each participant is provided with a Service Project Planning Toolkit to use throughout the service project planning and implementation process.

This training is hosted on demand. If you or your group members are interested in going through our Volunteer Leader training, please contact Jamey Bachman at or 662.268.2865.

Volunteer Leader Training for Nonprofit Volunteers

Volunteer Starkville offers a 5-hour Volunteer Leader Training for volunteers of nonprofit organizations who already serve in a Volunteer Leader Role. Managing volunteers can be a challenging responsibility, especially when you are managing multiple personalities.

This training is hosted on demand. If the Volunteer Leaders at your nonprofit organization could benefit from learning more about managing volunteers, we will be happy to host a Volunteer Leader Training for them. Please contact Jamey Bachman at or 662.268.2865 to coordinate a training session.