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Faith Based and Community Initiatives HOPE Mentoring

HOPE Mentoring for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) clients is a voluntary one-on-one relationship between a volunteer and a TANF client. The mentor provides support, counsel, friendship, reinforcement and a constructive example by helping the mentee reach his/her academic, career, social and personal goals. The goal is to build problem-solving skills and end the cycle of dependency and generational poverty.

The vision of the HOPE Mentoring Program is to provide pathways for clients to access beneficial resources through the empowerment of a mentoring relationship.

The mission of the HOPE Mentoring Program is to empower our TANF clients to increase self-reliance and attain independence in a variety of living situations, including gainful and meaningful employment, responsible and effective parenting and thriving, healthy families.

The goals of the HOPE Mentoring Program are for participants to 
  • Reduce the amount of time they rely on TANF benefits;
  • Enhance their ability to navigate available community resources on their own;
  • And pursue employment and training to build towards career pathways
How to become a mentor
  • Complete the HOPE Mentoring application
  • Submit a copy of your driver’s license and two letters of reference
  • Complete an interview with the HOPE Mentoring Regional Coordinator
  • Attend the HOPE Mentoring program training Part I
  • Complete the security clearance process and commitment documents

  • HOPE Mentoring Online Application
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The completed application can be emailed to or mailed to HOPE Mentoring, Department for Children and Families, 555 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS 66603.

For more information call 913-279-7399 or email​​