We prefer informal mentoring

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
— Benjamin Franklin

Informal mentoring refers to naturally occurring, supportive relationships students have with older and more experienced individuals such as parents, extended family members, neighbors, teachers, ministers, and others with whom students have regular contact. Informal mentoring involves the provision of general guidance and support and, in some instances, helping a student learn something new. It also promotes students’ sense of well-being by challenging the negative opinions they may have of themselves and demonstrating that they can have positive relationships with adults (Rhodes, Grossman and Resch, 2000). 

Becoming a Mentee

How does it work?

  • "Houses" will function as individual houses that are a part of a community. This means that mentees can interact and get help from mentors in other "houses"
  • Mentees can be part of the planning team in their respective "houses". Everyone must contribute to planning social and professional development activities  
  • As a house, mentees must vote on a meeting/communication schedule. It is suggested that mentors plan mentor meetings and house meetings with mentees at the beginning of each semester. Mentees serve a unique role. The person(s) in these roles should reflect on how to best help the other student mentees stay in school, and ultimately graduate.
  • Mentees must be patient. Mentees should keep an open line of communication with program staff, and mentors to provide updates, and to suggest activities or ideas to improve the program

Suggested guidelines are listed below.

  • Mentees should attend scheduled in person meetings with the other members of their assigned "house" 
  • Mentees should attend program workshops and meetings
  • Mentees in each house should function as a single unit with a common purpose
  • Mentees should work together to help keep each other motivated and on the path to graduation

Steps to Becoming a Mentee

     1 - Complete Mentee Application and wait for response

     2 - Attend fall mentee training

     3 - Sign program forms during training

     4 - Receive placement into a “house”

     6 - Introduce yourself to the your mentors and fellow mentees

     7 - Begin building mentor-mentee relationships