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MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

 

Why Mentor?  Mentoring helps because it guarantees a young person that there is someone who will empower, encourage, and be an advocate who cares about them.  Mentors provide their mentees with an experienced friend who is there to help in any number of situations.

A survey conducted by The Mentoring Effect found that 1.8 million at-risk young adults had been matched in mentoring relationships through mentoring programs while they are growing up.  In the early 1990s an estimated 300,000 at-risk young people had a structured mentoring relationship.  Another 1.4 million at-risk young adults had informal mentoring relationships with teachers, coaches, extended families or neighbors while they were growing up.

Despite the positive trend, one in three young people surveyed did not have a mentor while they were growing up.  However, the experiences of the young people surveyed showed significant positive outcomes for those who had a mentor.  At-risk young people and high achievers with mentors were more likely to aspire to attend and to enroll in college.  They also were more likely to report taking leadership roles in school and extracurricular activities and to regularly volunteer in their communities.

 

Mentoring at CECParker: To become a mentor for our school, one must understand the need to assume a number of different roles during the course of a mentoring relationship, but successful mentors also share the same basic qualities:

  •       A sincere desire to be involved with another young person
  •       Active listener
  •       Empathy
  •       See solutions and opportunities
  •       Be flexible and open
  •       A Motivator
  •       Adherence to CECParker Statement of Purpose
  •       Desire to work with students from diverse backgrounds

 

 

Qualifying to be a CECParker Mentor:

  1.       Mentors must not have had any discipline violations or incidents during their tenure at CECParker.
  2.       Mentors must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and maintain that average while serving as a mentor.
  3.       Mentors must be willing and able to (within reason) meet with their mentee either in person or by email and/ or text whenever the mentee reaches out. Both must be willing to meet on a regular schedule.
  4.       Mentors must Always demonstrate and maintain leadership qualities and display good standing character, integrity, and morale standards in and out of school.
  5.       Mentors must report any concerns of health and/ or safety to a leadership member and work together on a positive solution regarding the situation.
  6.       Mentors must always maintain the core attributes of a good mentor: Patience, Support, Honesty, Availability, Communication Skills, and Networking Skills.
  7.       Mentors must be willing and able to support in education as well as day-to-day living.
  8.       Complete the ‘Mentor Questionnaire’ and follow-up interview with the leadership committee.

 

Understanding the Value of Mentoring:

No one should be alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges.  Mentors provide their mentees with an experienced friend who is there to help in various situations where they have knowledge and skills.

Again, through survey research, young people showed significant positive outcomes for those who had a mentor.

 

 

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

Benjamin Franklin

 

 

Mentorship Questionnaire

 

  1.      Why are you interested in becoming a mentor at CECParker?

 

 

  1.      What skills and/ or interests will you be able to use as a mentor? 

 

 

 

  1.      How do You define the qualities/attributes of a good mentor?

 

 

 

  1.      What leadership experiences have you had that may benefit the CECParker mentorship program?

 

 

 

  1.       Are you willing and able, within reason, to meet or talk to your mentee at any time they may need you?

 

 

 

  1.      What is the most memorable experience you’ve had with a mentor, and how did it encourage you in your success?