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 one hour per week during the school day, on the school grounds. Mentors and mentees spend time together doing fun, creative activities such as playing games, going for a walk, playing basketball, exploring on the computer, doing experiments, creating arts and craft projects, and talking and listening. A mentor's 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 need a little extra support and encouragement to thrive. The student may be underachieving, have poor peer relationships, or exhibit the need for a caring adult in their lives. School staff and parents can refer students or students can request a mentor themselves. 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 who 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 mentoring helps them feel they are making a positive contribution to their community. Mentors who are parents report that it helps them be better parents. Research shows that volunteering improves your health!