Surf mentors needed for at risk youth

As always girls sessions are on Sat 7am- 11am, boys are noon-4 at Kuhio Beach (Canoes). Boards and rashgaurds are provided.
Applications are attached at the end…

please feel free to have anyone interested give me or Sam (our Program Manager) a call ASAP!! Mentor orientations are next week!
applications  are attached at the end and can be emailed back to me or sam.

Cyn: 389.2474
Sam: 721.5662

thanks so much for your help!


The mentors are the coolest. I got the best one; I call him my crazy Uncle Lolo, he’s the best.” ~ Damien

“Not. I got the best one. I know he really cares.” ~ Chickasaw

“Whatever dudes. All the mentors are cool, but mine is the best.” ~ Shay

The majority of Spirit Sessions youth suffered tragedy and trauma, and have done what they could to cope and literally survive. They haven’t always made the best choices, nor have they always used the wisest coping mechanisms. They struggle with depression, anger and anxiety, and often lack joy and a healthy outlet. Many are frequently lonely, and long for adult support, positive attention and feedback. Your role as a mentor is to be their friend and help fill that void.

Sharing your love of the ocean and the joy of surfing, your perspectives and your care, concern and compassion make a difference. Studies show that when kids enjoy a regular, positive activity with an adult mentor, those kids are significantly less likely to use drugs, skip school, participate in high-risk behaviors or commit crimes. These youth are also more likely to improve their academic performance, have better decision-making skills, more self-confidence, and a sense of belonging.

Being a surf mentor is easy and much of what you teach kids will come naturally. During sessions, mentors act as “Surf Buddies,” coaching kids in the water, cheering them on, and offering assistance. Spirit Sessions staff members and instructors conduct surf lessons and are also in the water offering support. Mentors help youth journal their experiences and offer their perspectives and life-skills wisdom in talk circles. Mentors are invited to share their manao (knowledge) and often take the lead in pre-surf yoga and lesson planning.

Contacting and supporting youth outside session hours is encouraged and many mentors have assisted youth with homework, filling out job applications, opening a bank account, or just being there with a shoulder to cry on, a suggestion of how to view and solve a problem, or someone to just have fun and go surfing with. Special Surf Ohana events are often suggested and coordinated by mentors.
You Tube min-documentary video by one of our mentors:

You Tube mahalo:

“Being a mentor was a no-brainer for me. I always wanted to do some volunteer work, but didn’t have the time. But this is awesome, I get to do something meaningful while doing something I love and already do. Plus, I’m hanging out with really great people. I was ready to give, but I didn’t expect I’d get so much back.” ~ Scott

Mentor Requirements

  • Must be intermediate level (or better) surfer, comfortable in the water, and confident enough to offer basic surf guidance and support
  • Clean, sober and drug-free
  • Minimum of 23 years old
  • Dedicated, reliable, outgoing, caring, patient
  • Willingness to mentor outside the program is a plus
  • Able to commit to minimum time frame

Special skills appreciated (but not mandatory)

  • Certified yoga or pilates instruction
  • Certified water safety
  • Marine biology or environmental education background
  • MSW or social work experience
  • Vocational or technical skills training
  • Job placement or career placement coaching/consulting

Note: All mentor applicants will be background-checked and must be approved by the courts. Mentors must be in good standing and clear of any criminal activity and warrants.

Download Mentor Application

Time Commitment

The time commitment for a mentor is:

  • 8 consecutive Saturdays, 4 hours each
  • One 4-hour orientation session
  • Special Event/Community Service day
  • Additional time is optional and highly encouraged

Location for sessions is Kuhio Beach (Canoes) in Waikiki.

Sign Up!

Join our Surf Ohana and get kids stoked on life!

Mentors may commit to one or more of the following 8-week programs. If you are interested and can commit to our upcoming sessions’ dates (click here for schedule), please download the application and return via e-mail to us. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please feel free to forward this link or the application to them.

8 Saturdays, March 26 –  May 14
1 Orientation Week of March 16 (girl mentors), March 17 (boy mentors)

8 Saturdays, June 25 – August 13
1 Orientation Week of June 5 or  June 12
Application Deadline: June 1, 2011

8 Saturdays,  September 10 – Nov 5
1 Orientation Week of August 15 or August 22
Application Deadline: August 15, 2011

Click HERE for application form.

Cynthia Y.H. Derosier
Executive Director
Surfrider Spirit Sessions

c: 808.389.2474
f: 808.263.2474
po box 1677, Kailua, Hi 96734

We’re Catching Waves and Changing Lives!
Eco-Therapy, Environmental Education and Mentoring
Programs Serving At-Risk Youth in Hawai‘i

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