Mentorship Program

A mentor is a caring, adult friend who devotes time to a young person. Although mentors can fill any number of different roles

All mentors have the same goal in common: to help young people achieve their potential and discover their strengths.

Mentors should understand they are not meant to replace a parent, guardian or teacher. A mentor is not a disciplinarian or decision maker for a child. Instead, a mentor echoes the positive values and cultural heritage parents and guardians are teaching. A mentor is part of a team of caring adults.

A mentor's main purpose is to help a young person define individual goals and find ways to achieve them. Since the expectations of each child will vary, the mentor's job is to encourage the development of a flexible relationship that responds to both the mentor's and the young person's needs.

By sharing fun activities and exposing a youth to new experiences, a mentor encourages positive choices, promotes high self-esteem, supports academic achievement, and introduces the young person to new ideas.

A mentor may help a young person: 

  • Plan a project for school;
  • Set career goals and start taking steps to realize them;
  • Make healthy choices about day-to-day life, from food to exercise and beyond;
  • and Think through a problem at home or school.

In schools

  • Mentoring in schools can have a significant impact on the dropout rate among high school students.
  • Offers young people the chance to develop a relationship with one or more adults.
  • Takes place at school, either during or immediately after school hours.
  • Can include tutoring, game playing and sports
  • Typically asks the mentor for a commitment of at least one school year.

In businesses

  • Today, more and more companies are starting mentoring programs to help the young people who live in the communities where the companies do business.
  • Offers young people the chance to develop a relationship with one or more adults.
  • Takes place at the work site.
  • Can include tutoring, job shadowing, career exploration and role playing.
  • Typically asks the mentor for a commitment of at least one school year.

E-mentoring

  • E-mentoring takes place via the Internet and allows mentors and mentees to develop their relationship by exchanging messages online.
  • Makes mentoring available to mentors and young people who otherwise might not be able to meet easily because of time or travel constraints.
  • Helps young people learn more about high-tech communications and improve their writing skills.
  • Offers young people the chance to develop a relationship with one or more adults.
  • (Some programs have a group of adults who mentor a group of young people.
  • For instance, a group of engineers might advise an entire classroom of students.)
  • Offers young people a great way to find out about potential careers.
  • Enables young people to work with mentors on special projects.

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