Thank you for your interest in being a Mentor with STEP. You can play a vital role in the mentoring activities that can lead to reductions in recidivism in San Mateo County.

STEP’s number one priority is the safety and security of you — the mentor, as well as the mentees/clients, STEP staff, and the community. To this end, we have an application and orientation/training process that will prepare you to be successful and safe as a STEP Mentor.

Step 1: Complete the attached application and email it to the STEP Program Director — Dr. Peggy Koshland-Crane at Answer all questions truthfully. If any question cannot be clearly answered please elaborate in the additional space.

Step 2: The STEP Program Director will review your application. The Program Director may ask for a written response from you for any areas that need further clarification, and for other information that may be needed in relation to STEP and client programs.

Step 3: A criminal history check will be made and references may be contacted. The reference check will seek to verify if you have the experience and are competent in the area where you will be working.

Step 4: Once the review is completed, the Program Director will contact you to arrange a time for you to attend an orientation of STEP programs, Mentor expectations, policies and procedures, and STEP client rules and procedures. Involvement with STEP is granted only after successful completion of Mentor orientation/training.

Step 5: Assignment to Mentee.

If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact the STEP Program Director — Dr. Peggy Koshland-Crane at