Katy Torch

"Changing Hearts, Transforming Lives, Impacting the World"

Frequently Asked Questions


1. How can I become an approved Torch volunteer?


Complete the Torch Clearance Policy and Application

 Volunteer Screening Form
 Authorization and Consent Form
 Screening Results
 Three Reference Forms
 Copy of Driver’s License, Birth Certificate or Passport
 Screening Fee ($25.00)

* Note: Renewal required every 3 years with KPMI


2.  Would there be any conditions in a background check that would prevent me from being a Torch volunteer?


Yes, a volunteer cannot:

  • Be an employee of the institution
  • Be listed on a resident's visitation list
  • Have a sex offense in criminal history* Note: Every case is different and contingent upon KPMI approval.

3.  Once I am approved as a Torch volunteer, are there additional requirements from the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD)?


Yes. A volunteer assignment is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of:

 Volunteer Application
 Criminal and driving record check
 Fingerprinting
 Personal character references
 Face-to-face interview
 Agreement of confidentiality and release of liability
 Comprehensive new volunteer orientation
 Job-specific training
 Volunteer Training Manual

* Note: Renewal required every 2 years with TJJD


4.  What is the commitment to volunteer on a Torch Weekend?

  • Team Training
  • 2-1/2 Day Weekend
  • Monthly Reunions (optional)
  • Mentoring (optional)


5.  What are the team training requirements to volunteer on a Torch Weekend?


There are six team meetings in preparation for each 2-1/2 day Weekend.  They are typically 6 hours each and occur every other Saturday from 9 am - 3 pm leading up to the Weekend.


6. What is the commitment for Mentoring?

  • One-to-one, following Torch curriculum
  • Duration typically 1-4 months
  • 1-1/2 hours per week
  • Saturday morning, typically 8:30 - 10:00