What is a 1-to-1 Mentor?
A mentor is a caring adult of any gender and background, who helps guide their mentee toward a bright future by sharing life experiences. Mentors and mentees are matched based upon shared interests. They enjoy movies, games, museums, school work and conversation. Being a mentor means listening to and learning from a mentee, but most of all, it means being there.
What Does It Take To Be a 1-to-1 Mentor?
A volunteer who can regularly commit time is a desirable mentor candidate. Professionally-trained staff screen all applicants thoroughly before matching them with waiting children. Throughout the mentor relationship, consistent agency support is given to the volunteer, child and the child’s parent/guardian. We encourage mentors to meet with mentees between 2 and 4 times per month, and aim to spend a total of 6 to 10 hours together each month. A mentor relationship begins with a commitment of 1 year, though many matches end up lasting much longer.
Do Mentors Really Make a Difference?
Yes, they do. Studies show that a mentee who spends at least 1 year in a supported, consistent 1-to-1 mentor relationship is:
- More likely to make healthy lifestyle choices
- More likely to make a positive impact on family and the community
- More likely to graduate from high school
- More likely to attend college
What is an Academic Mentor?
We are also seeking academic mentors for middle school children. An academic mentor is a caring adult of any gender and background who academically mentors a middle school student so that student can be successful academically, and in turn, socially and emotionally.
What Does it Take to be an Academic Mentor?
An ideal candidate is someone who can commit to 1 hour, 1 day per week, after school, during the school year, and has a knowledge of basic math, English, science, or social studies. (Traveling or leaving the island for short periods of time is OK.) This is a wonderful way for retirees—or anyone who has an extra hour each week—to spend time helping island children.
How Do I Become a Mentor or Academic Mentor?
To explore the possibility of becoming a mentor or academic mentor,
contact Hannah Montgomery, Program Director at (508) 228-2689, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.