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Become a Mentor

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"You don’t have to have all the answers... you just have to be willing to share what you know.”

- Katrina Mayer


What is a mentor?

A mentor is an experience trusted advisor who wants to have a positive impact on a young adult’s life. Mentors will guide and help mentee develop valuable knowledge in order to grow personally and professionally. 

Why mentor?

Mentors contributes critical support and guidance. Being a mentor gives you the extraordinary opportunity to transform a student in personal and professional growth by sharing knowledge you learned throughout the years of experience.

Reasons to become a mentor:

  •  Share your expertise
  •  Chance to share your passion with others
  •  Potential to transform a young person’s life
  •  Help improve society
  •  Increase productivity
  •  Help intern see his or her own talent
  •  Build long lasting relationships 
  •  You might just learn something new

What makes a good mentor?

  • Caring
  • Active listener
  • Compassionate
  • Flexible and approachable
  • Dependable and enthusiastic
  • Nonjudgmental 
  • Committed
  • Resourceful and able to support mentees as they strive toward their educational or career goals

Benefits of being a mentor: 

  • Guide young adults towards accomplishing their education and career goals, while gaining a new friend
  • Experience the fulfillment of watching a student grow, develop skill, and gain confidence
  • Enhance growth by demonstrating good ethics and judgment
  • Learn more about your community and its diversity and its future

Mentor responsibilities:

  • Attend mentor orientation and take training sessions
  • Mentors should meet with intern weekly and meet face to face monthly  to hear out and advise them. Additional contact by phone or e-mail is also allowed, as needed.
  • Focus attention on the student’s achievement plan
  • Communicate weekly with mentor coordinator
  • Mentors should report to the Team of Interns or Senior Staff immediately if they think some specific issues should be addressed on a higher level
  • Attend program ceremonies


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