Court of Common Pleas
Philadelphia Courts - MENTOR
MENTOR is a court-based program, coordinated by Judge Michael Erdos and Judge Lisa Rau, that matches individuals serving county sentences with volunteer mentors. Over the course of the one-year program term, mentors provide emotional support and encouragement to their participants, as well as practical assistance to overcome some of the traditional barriers to successful reentry. MENTOR also empowers its participants to take advantage of additional resources provided through a network of community-based partner organizations. When a participant successfully completes the MENTOR Program, he or she will receive a substantial reduction in the remaining term of court supervision.
1301 Filbert Street
Criminal Justice Center, Suite 1210
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Eligibility: Participant Eligibility: MENTOR participants are men and women, ages 18-30, who have pled guilty in front of Judge Michael Erdos, been referred by the Defender Association of Philadelphia and approved by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, and have accepted an offer to be part of the MENTOR Program. Defendants with current firearms offenses, violent felonies or sex crimes -- or a history of such offenses -- are ineligible for the program. Mentor Eligibility: Mentors are men and women, ages 21 and older, who volunteer their time and are committed to helping returning citizens become productive members of the Philadelphia community. Current mentors include graduate students, members of faith-based organizations, formerly incarcerated citizens and many other dedicated individuals from various walks of life. MENTOR encourages mentor applicants who have previously been involved in the criminal justice system but they must have been discharged from court supervision for at least two years before serving as a mentor. Those interested in mentoring must submit an application to the MENTOR Program, complete an in-person interview, and submit to a criminal background check. Every mentor candidate must also be approved by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.
Phone/FAX Numbers
  • (215) 683-7047 Main
  • (215) 683-7049 Fax
Intake Procedure: To apply to be a MENTOR, click here.
  • Mentoring Programs
  • Mentoring Services Volunteer Opportunities
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