Pals Student Mentors isn't like most volunteering organizations. Being a part of Pals Student Mentors is serious but rewarding work. Get the information you need below and then start the application process!


Our volunteers come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds and life experiences. You must be a GVSU student who is willing to submit to driving and background checks. You will be assigned a child to work with for the year. You can partner up with another GVSU student if you would like.


Pals Student Mentors is a community-based mentoring program, meaning that mentoring will take place outside of school. Mentoring can take place in your mentee's home, out in the community, and during Pals Student Mentors group events. You, your mentee, and your mentees' parents/guardians will decide together which activities you will do with your mentee. Examples of these are playing football at the park, going to the movie theatre, making crafts, walking around campus, and going to the library to browse through books.


The program is very flexible and only has minimal time requirements including:

  • Complete a series of short online training modules
  • Spend a minimum of four hours a month with your assigned child
  • Attend monthly training events
  • Attend monthly group events
  • Commit to a minimum of one academic year and keep in touch over the summer


Pals Student Mentors depends on Grand Valley volunteers to provide the life-changing mentoring experiences that positively impact the lives of youth in the Grand Rapids community. Pals Student Mentors isn't like most volunteering organizations. In Pals, you will be assigned a child, identified as needing a positive role model, to work one-on-one with for the length of the school year and beyond if desired. You have a direct impact on the change you want to make in your community, one child at a time.


The application process consists of:

  • Demographic information and essays
  • Two or more references (no family members/friends)
  • An interview process
  • Criminal and driving background checks

Once in the program, you'll be matched with a child in the Grand Rapids area.