As a mentor, you are among many special volunteers who are committed to sharing ideas and wisdom to encourage a student toward a more positive direction in his or her life.
A mentor is a caring adult, a friend who listens, understands, responds and offers support and advice. Many students have a greater need for positive role models than for critics. This is especially true for students with low self-esteem. Mentors can be extremely effective sources of learning. Their roles can assist in numerous ways, including:
• Providing a model of correct behavior for a student to emulate.
• Developing a positive belief in the benefits of education.
• Clarifying values that lead to more positive attitudes.
• Developing problem-solving skills.
• Assisting in the development of short- and long-term goals.
• Providing consistency in chaotic situations.
Length of Match
The recommended time period that a mentor meets with the student is once a week a 3 to 5 visits per month for the entire school year. It is very important that the visits be consistent. The mentor and school usually decide the day of the visits.