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 Mentor

How does it work?

Operation of Houses

  • Houses will function as individual houses that are a part of a community. Be certain to tap into resources found in other houses to help your assigned students.
  • House mentors must first meet with each other in person or via phone/video to decide how the house will operate.  
  • As a house, mentors must decide on a meeting/communication schedule. It is suggested that mentors plan mentor meetings and house meetings with mentees at the beginning of each semester. All house mentors serve a unique role. The person(s) in these roles should reflect on how to best help students on reaching the goal of graduation. 
  • The goal is to make mentees feel as if they are a part of your families. Welcome them with open arms and be there to help them. In the beginning you may have to do more of the chasing, but as time  goes on, they will seek you out. 
  • Mentors must be patient. Mentors should keep an open line of communication with program staff to provide updates and to suggest activities or ideas to improve the program

Suggested guidelines are listed below.

  • Mentors should meet in person as a house at least every other week to receive updates from each other
  • Mentors should meet with students individually and as a complete house (2x per month) 
  • Mentors in each house should function as a single unit with a singular purpose
  • Do whatever it takes to keep students in school and on pace to graduate in 4 years

Steps to Becoming a Mentor

     1 - Complete mentor application and wait for response

     2 - Attend fall and/or spring mentor training

     3 - Sign volunteer agreement and other necessary documents

     4 - Complete mentor profile on website

     5 - Receive placement into a “house”

     6 - Introduce yourself to the mentees

     7 - Begin building mentor-mentee relationships

Types of Mentors and their Roles

Click on Mentor Roles for more information.