Who can be a mentor?
You can be a mentor if you have a genuine interest in youth, good listening skills, and patience! Because our program is a long-term program, mentors must be community residents who expect to stay in the community for at least the next 2-3 years.
What do mentors do?
Mentors visit with their "mentee" for approximately one hour per week during the school day, on the school grounds, during the school year. Mentors and mentees usually spend their time together doing fun and creative activities: talking/listening, playing games, doing something physical like going for a walk on
school grounds or playing basketball, reading, exploring on the computer, doing experiments, doing art/craft projects and more. Mentors' goal is to build a relationship of trust with their mentee.
What kinds of students are selected to be mentees?
We like to talk about our students as being "on the brink of success." They are students who just need a little extra support and encouragement to thrive. They may be under-achieving, have poor peer relationships, have attendance issues, or exhibit in other ways the need for a caring adult in their lives. Students may be referred by a parent, teachers, counselor or they may request a mentor themself. Students selected are in late elementary (3rd-5th grade) or early middle school (6th or 7th grade).
What do students like about having a mentor?
The most frequent response students give to this question is: "Because we have fun!" Additionally, students say they like having someone who listens to them, who doesn't judge them and believes in them.
What do current mentors like about being a mentor?
Mentors report that it's fun! They enjoy the break in their day and the relationship that is formed with their mentee. In addition, mentors say that being a mentor helps them feel good about themselves for giving back to the community. Mentors who are parents report that it helps them be a better parent. Additionally, there are documented health benefits of this kind of volunteering. A Review of Recent Research has found a significant connection between volunteering and good health. The report shows that volunteers have greater longevity, higher functional ability, lower rates of depression and less incidence of heart disease.
START SOMETHING AND BECOME SOMEONE'S MENTOR TODAY!
SimpleSpring Craft to do with your Mentee
Cherry Blossom tree -Supplies needed:
Light blue construction paper (or other color)
Black maker or construction paper
Dark and light pink tissue
School glue or glue stick
Draw the outline of your vase on white card stock or paper. Decorate it with a blue marker. Cut out your vase and glue it to the blue paper. Either draw or cut out of black construction paper, tree branches coming out of the vase. Crinkle up your squares of dark and light pink tissue paper and attache to branches with dots of glue. This would make a great mother's day card or card for a teacher.
Question of the quarter
Can I stay in touch with my mentee over the summer?
CU One to One Mentoring is a school-based program, meaning you only meet with your mentee during the school day, on school grounds, when school is in session. It is OK to send a postcard or letter to your mentee over the summer. Some mentors enclose self-addressed, stampled envelopes and paper so their mentee can write them back, but not all do this. Look foward to reconnecting with them at the end of August.